Contrary To Trump, Gottlieb Says The US Had ‘Late Start’ Testing For COVID-19
Despite the White House’s insistence it has been quick and decisive in its response to the COVID-19 crisis, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb – who has been advising the administration – said on 6 May that the government should’ve responded months sooner to ensure there was enough testing.
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