‘We are flying blind’: Lawmakers call CDC briefing ‘worst briefing’ they have ever seen
Lawmakers from both parties walked out of an all-members briefing Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control baffled and outraged by how little information they received about the current spread of coronavirus in the United States, continued lapses in testing, and the steps being taken to deal with the burgeoning crisis.
Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney of New York called it “simply the worst briefing I’ve ever received in seven or eight years in Congress,” according to CNN. “The administration has no good answers, no plan, there’s no leadership,” Maloney said. “I think members of both parties are frustrated and angry, and they have every right to be.”
The CDC was either unable or unwilling to clarify why the U.S. has fallen so far behind other nations in terms of developing tests, dispersing them, and processing the results. South Korea, for instance, has the capacity to run as many as 10,000 tests a day. Meanwhile, the CDC told lawmakers just 11,000 tests have been administered in total. (Yes, that’s nationwide, folks.)