Birx Calls For Colleges To Do COVID “Entrance Testing”

Public Integrity reports:

White House Coronavirus Task Force leader Dr. Deborah Birx, on a private call with state and local leaders Wednesday, recommended that universities test students returning for fall classes as well as set up “surge” testing.

“Each university not only has to do entrance testing,” she said, according to a recording of the call obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. “What we talked to every university about is being able to do surge testing. How are you going to do 5,000 samples in one day or 10,000 samples in one day?”

Birx said several states had plans for how to accomplish that complicated task — plans she promised the White House Task Force would share later with leaders of other states. The White House has insisted that states manage the response to the coronavirus pandemic while the federal government plays a supporting role.

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