White House rebukes top US health agency

19 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: The White House rebuked the top US health agency on Sunday, saying “it let the country down” on providing testing crucial to the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, reports AFP.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been under intense scrutiny since producing a faulty test for COVID-19 that caused weeks of delays in the US response. Critics have pointed out that it could simply have accepted kits made by the World Health Organization, which has been producing them since late January, instead of insisting on developing its own test.

“Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing,” White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”