The Washington Post reports:
White House testing czar Brett Giroir on Tuesday tamped down calls from many public health experts for the federal government to approve and fund more cheap antigen tests that can be taken regularly at home.
But while in the past Giroir has suggested that kind of widespread coronavirus screening would be unhelpful, he now says it is simply unfeasible.
“I don’t live in a utopian world. I live in the real world. And the real world had no test for this new disease when this first started,” Giroir, assistant secretary of health, told reporters on a late-morning conference call.
“There may be a time where everybody can wake up in the morning, pass through a tricorder and tell whether they’re infected or not. We are not there yet.”