While President Joe Biden campaigned on his perceived ability to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control, his first year in the White House has not paid off on those promises.
As millions of Americans attempted to secure a test ahead of the holidays, at least one prominent physician has accused the Biden administration of falling woefully short of expectations.
“I think it’s incredibly critical”
According to Fox News, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish Jha sounded off on the executive branch during a recent CNN appearance.
Insisting that the White House missed a “critical window” to provide easy access to COVID-19 tests, Jha concluded that the administration “dropped the ball.”
He told New Day host Kaitlan Collins that Biden has acknowledged that testing kits should have been available sooner.
“How critical is the window that we’re missing right now for testing?” Collins asked.
“Oh, I think it’s incredibly critical, and I cannot believe this is where we are almost two years into the pandemic,” Jha replied. “Everybody saw it coming. We knew we needed more tests. I think the administration dropped the ball on this.”
“It’s clearly not enough”
Although Jha said it was “terrific” to see so much focus placed on vaccines, he lamented that the Biden administration “did not pay enough attention to testing.”
Dr. @ashishkjha applauded the CDC’s shortened isolation recommendation but says there is a distinction for the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
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— New Day (@NewDay) December 28, 2021
Jha offered his critique of the White House’s position a short time after Biden hosted a conference call on Monday with the nation’s governors in which he attempted to tout the supply of rapid at-home tests made available by his administration.
“But it’s not enough,” the president acknowledged. “It’s clearly not enough. If I had — we had known, we would have gone harder, quicker, if we could have.”
Not only is the Biden plan not expected to provide a large supply of tests until mid-January, but the New York Post reported that the White House turned down an offer in October from a group that wanted to ramp up the availability of at-home tests to an even greater extent.