Biden makes more excuses for COVID testing shortage, says there’s “no federal solution” to COVID testing

Biden claimed this morning, again, that if he’d know about the surge we are seeing that he would have done more to make sure there was enough testing:

The Trump administration had the testing manufacturing process moving like a well-oiled machine until Biden killed it. Now he’s claiming that he didn’t know that there would be a surge in the winter. But that’s ridiculous because the winter is always the worst time for virus like COVID; that’s when they flourish.

Also they’ve know about Omicron for a while now and did nothing. Clearly this wasn’t a knowledge problem, but an execution problem.



Biden also said today there’s “no federal solution” to COVID testing:

This is the short clip going around. But in the larger clip you see Governor Asa Hutchinson asking Biden not to allow the federal government to get in the way of what the states are doing to solve the testing shortage:

“But we also, as governors, are getting pressure to do more…in terms of the rapid tests and the availability of it. And so one word of concern or encouragement for your team is that as you look toward federal solutions that will help alleviate the challenge, make sure that we do not let federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions. And the production of 500 million rapid tests that will be distributed by the federal government is great, but obviously that dries up the supply chain for the solutions that we might offer as governor.”

I’m not exactly sure what Hutchinson is saying here in terms of the problem because he’s being quite vague. I wonder if he means that with the federal government rushing to monopolize the testing industry for rapid tests, that there isn’t the capacity for other kinds of tests or something of that nature. I could see that being a potential problem, but beyond that I really don’t know what he’s addressing.

What I do know is that Biden’s answer is in response to Hutchinson’s ‘concern’ and I wanted to make sure you had the full context before judging it.

Here’s Biden going back to Delaware…

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