Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Sunday that the US needs to “do better” at making at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests widely available — as he warned that case counts will go “much higher” amid the spread of the Omicron variant.
Fauci explained that the rapid COVID-19 tests have become more difficult to come by due to the surge of cases caused by the Omicron variant as well as people wanting to get tested ahead of the holidays.
“We’ve obviously got to do better. I mean, I think things will improve greatly as we get into January, but that doesn’t help us today and tomorrow,” Fauci told ABC anchor Jonathan Karl on “This Week.”
Fauci said that testing is “very important” as case numbers are driven up by Omicron.
“Every day it goes up and up, the last weekly average was about 150,000, and it likely will go much higher,” he said.
Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha blamed President Biden’s administration for not ramping up testing and said she was “disappointed that this is where we are as a country right now.”
“I think both on Omicron and Delta, the administration has not done enough on getting ready through testing and through its communications,” Jha told “Fox News Sunday.” “So the two places where I would say the administration needs to do a better job — communicating more effectively with the American people and certainly making testing much, much more widely available.”
“That has not happened as much as it needs to, and I’m hoping that this time around, with the president’s promise of 500 million tests widely available in January, that finally we’ll be able to get that issue under control,” she said.