A group of Senate Democrats wrote a letter last week to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients to demand answers for the administration’s failures to improve access to testing.
Democrat Sens. Jacky Rosen (NV), Mark Kelly (AZ), Joe Manchin (WV), Jon Ossoff (GA), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) joined in the response to Zients.
“Across America, there are lines for city blocks long to get COVID testing, signs in pharmacies saying they are out of rapid tests, hospitals operating under crisis standards of care, health care staff and first responders falling ill, and millions of people who are exhausted from the toll this pandemic has had,” the letter said.
“This Administration either knew or should have known that testing shortages were occurring across the country over the past several months, and with the full expectation that the virus would likely mutate into a new variant steps to increase testing access should have happened before the current wave hit, not several weeks into the surge, with resources still not available until later this month or beyond,” it added.
Test has continued to be unavailable at many free testing sites nationwide.
Appointments for COVID-19 tests are unavailable at several free sites in the Twin Cities amid growing concern over the omicron surge of the pandemic. https://t.co/HAQnlWsjFi
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The growing pushback from fellow Democrats shows the depth of Biden’s failures, as even those in his own party are publicly speaking against his botched efforts.
The need for tests remains high regardless of political party, with leaders from all sides upset more has not been done to help the American people.