Americans are seeing new cases of the Chinese coronavirus each and every day.
There are now more than 1,000 confirmed cases with at least thirty two deaths attributed to the disease.
But it was Barack Obama’s administration that put Americans at greater risk to the coronavirus thanks to this fateful policy decision.
Hospitals and medical labs across the country are short on testing kits capable of detecting the coronavirus.
With medical professionals unable to determine who is infected, it’s impossible to quarantine sick Americans before the virus spreads.
And standing in the way of the Trump administration from acting swiftly to contain the coronavirus was an Obama-era regulation that forced state-run medical labs to only conduct tests approved first by federal regulators.
When time was of the essence, these labs and medical facilities were prevented by running their own diagnostic tests and allowed the coronavirus to spread rapidly across the U.S.
The Trump administration quickly repealed the Obama administration’s regulation.
“We believe this policy strikes the right balance during this public health emergency,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Steven Hahn explained. “We will continue to help to ensure sound science prior to clinical testing and follow-up with the critical independent review from the FDA, while quickly expanding testing capabilities in the U.S.”
“This action today reflects our public health commitment to addressing critical public health needs and rapidly responding and adapting to this dynamic and evolving situation,” Hahn added.
While the Trump administration is doing everything they can to address the coronavirus, existing regulations and bureaucratic red tape is preventing the rapid response that may prove necessary.
In the face of critics in the Fake News Media and the Democrat Party who accused the President of racism for imposing travel restrictions on China, it turns out that decision may have bought time the administration needed to ramp up America’s capabilities to handle the virus before it spreads uncontrollably.
Vice President Mike Pence promised a “whole of government” approach to addressing the coronavirus outbreak when President Trump first put him in charge of the task force.
And the administration continues to follow through with that approach as medical professionals work together to prevent as many Americans as possible from getting infected.
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