“What we need to do is make a better connectivity with the tests that are available as well as the capacity that in some cases is not used, through no fault of the governor or the local people, that there are now — should be between one and a half to two-plus million tests per week,” Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “There are people out there who say, ‘We need more, we need maybe two or three times that.’ We’re striving for that goal but in the meantime with what we have, if it is used strategically, we feel we would be able to have most people enter into phase one after they pass that 14-day gating period.”
He continued, “We know it’s a problem and it was just mentioned, there are things that are obstacles in the way, that George, we need a partnership between the federal government and the local people, including the governors, to help them get to things that they maybe not have any access to.”
The President also said the federal government cannot be responsible for testing in each community, saying that “testing is local.”
“The governors wanted to have total control over the opening of their states. But now they want to have us, the federal government, do the testing,” Trump said. “Testing is local. You can’t have it both ways. Testing is a local thing. It’s very important. It’s great. But it’s a local thing. And we are going to get it done to a level in a very short period of time.”
“We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet,” Fauci said.