The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies convened a hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response efforts. Top officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) testified about efforts to increase testing capacity and the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield also testified about the agency’s efforts to support states in conducting tests and preparing to distribute routine and COVID-19 vaccines.
Members of the Committee questioned the witnesses on the current testing capacity and recent CDC testing recommendations, with an emphasis of ensuring that federal agencies remain free from political interference. Other members focused on COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution plans, and how COVID-19 appropriations are being utilized.