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Dr. Birx: U.S. Has Done More Coronavirus Tests in 8 Days than S. Korea Did in 8 Weeks

‘But we did that because we transformed the testing process’

BIRX: "I just want to speak to the Americans for just a second. We have to ensure that we still are testing. Even though probably by today we will have done more tests than South Korea did in eight weeks, in the last eight days. In the last eight days we’ve done more testing than South Korea. But we did that because we transformed the testing process, as the President spoke too. But we don’t want people who are just worried to go get tested. If you don’t have a persistent fever, if you don’t have a cough, if you’re not in a risk group, if you’re not a nurse or doctor, we really want that testing and the drive-thru testing and the testing provided in the cities to be very much still focused on the people who need it. Because there’s only so much, even though these high throughput machines are doing, they're about 50, 60, 70 thousand tests a day now. They could get potentially to a 150,000 per day. But we want to make sure we are testing in the areas that really have the problems."

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