Well, well, well. After weeks of blasting President Trump for terrible leadership in the face of a global pandemic, the Democrats are going to have to eat some crow.
The biggest problem with the federal government’s response to the coronavirus is that we really have no idea how many people have the disease. And that’s because we aren’t testing anywhere near enough people. The government keeps promising that the tests are coming…and they keep NOT coming. Therefore, we’re dealing with a problem that could already be exponentially worse than the current numbers suggest.
That kind of situation lends itself easily enough to criticism of the president, and since liberals are predisposed to blame this particular president for everything from hurricanes in Puerto Rico to their own personal failures in life, it was no surprise to see them lay this one at his feet.
But as it turns out, the reason we don’t have enough tests has very little to do with President Trump; indeed, it is onerous and burdensome federal regulations that have slowed our response to the coronavirus to a crawl.
You know regulations, right? That snarl of red tape that Democrats live for? Yeah.
“The Food and Drug Administration has a protocol called emergency use authorization, or EUA, through which it clears tests from labs around the country for use in an outbreak. Getting more of these tests up and running would greatly increase the capacity of doctors and public-health officials to screen patients for the coronavirus,” reported The Atlantic.
“Former FDA officials I spoke with said that during past outbreaks, EUAs could be granted in just a couple of days,” the story continued. “But this time, the requirements for getting an EUA were so complicated that it would have taken weeks to receive one, says Alex Greninger, the assistant director of the virology division at the University of Washington Medical Center, which is located right near the heart of the American outbreak. Greninger told me clinical labs were not allowed to begin testing at all before they had received the EUA, even if they had already internally made sure their tests worked. Though these regulations are in place to ensure that faulty lab tests don’t get used on patients, several microbiologists told me they felt the precautions were excessive for a fast-moving outbreak of this scale. ‘The speed of this virus versus the speed of the FDA and the EUA process is mismatched,’ he said.”
Even with those EUAs finally coming through, even with pharmaceutical companies around the world trying to pitch in, and even with private health care providers like CVS, Walgreens, and Target putting their resources towards the testing problem, experts think it could still be “weeks” until we have an accurate grip on just how many people in the U.S. have been infected with COVID-19.
That’s an abomination, but it speaks to the brutal inefficiency of our federal bureaucracy, NOT to the leadership of President Trump. Quite the opposite: This is what happens when you solve every problem by passing new laws and throwing money at it. The beast is so large that it’s tripping over itself.
Somehow, we suspect Democrats will find a way to miss that important lesson.