The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis convened a hearing to examine the urgent need for a national comprehensive plan to address the coronavirus pandemic. The witness panel featured National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, and Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services Admiral Brett Giroir.
Republicans reiterated the following: all guidance issued by the White House and federal agencies make up the Trump administration’s plan to address the pandemic; China is to blame for the pandemic; and reopening schools for in-person learning is important for the mental health of children and for detecting child abuse at home. Democrats continued to press for a national testing strategy that includes providing enough tests and reducing wait times. Chairman Clyburn pointed out that Jared Kushner, son-in-law of and special adviser to President Trump, had developed a national testing strategy in March, but he aborted the plan because the virus was spreading primarily in “blue states.” The panel’s remarks suggested that the administration does not intend to release such a strategy. Other topics discussed include contact tracing, vaccines, nursing homes, and hospitals