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At a press briefing on Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that the United States has the “the greatest [coronavirus] testing in the world,” and conducts the “most testing” amid the pandemic. His comments come after criticism over his handling of COVID-19 testing.
“We have the best testing anywhere in the world — not even close,” Trump remarked. “The antibody test, you see what’s going on with that. That’s going to be something that I don’t even — look, we have so much testing. I don’t think you need that kind of testing or that much testing, but some people disagree with me and some people agree with me.”
According to The COVID Tracking Project, The United States has administered around 7,285,178 tests so far — more than any other country. On Monday, Trump tweeted this data out to his followers and said:
“For the constant criticism from the Do Nothing Democrats and their Fake News partners, here is the newest chart on our great testing “miracle” compared to other countries. Dems and LameStream Media should be proud of the USA, instead of always ripping us down!
However, when considering testing per capita, data suggests the United States has not carried out the most testing in the world. Approximately, the United States administers 21 tests per 1,000 people. This compares to Spain which conducts around 29 tests per 1,000, and New Zealand which administers around 31 tests per 1,000.
Public health experts and state governors have blasted the Trump administration’s testing response, and have called for more widespread testing.
During the interview, Trump also claimed that the United States is “making massive numbers of masks,” and he commended Honeywell International Inc., a technology and manufacturing company, for producing millions of N95 masks for the U.S. government.
Trump further emphasized that Honeywell’s masks are of high quality, and the company does not “make the ones that don’t work…like other people got sent from other countries.”
Trump then announced that after the interview, he will be visiting a Honeywell factory in Arizona to “pay [his] respects to a great company and a great state, the state of Arizona.”
“[Honeywell] have done an incredible job on many fronts,” he added.
On Mar. 30, Honeywell declared it would be expanding production of N95 masks to its manufacturing facility in Phoenix.
“We at Honeywell are proud of our role in providing essential equipment to the first responders and medical professionals we are relying on during this crisis,” said Honeywell chairman Darius Adamczyk regarding the expansion. “We have moved quickly to expand our production capacity for N95 masks globally and are pleased to announce our second new U.S. manufacturing line to supply the Strategic National Stockpile.”
Recently, Trump tweeted out that criticism of his handling of the pandemic is simply a political attack against him:
“The Do Nothing Democrats and their leader, the Fake News Lamestream Media, are doing everything possible to hurt and disparage our Country. No matter what we do or say, no matter how big a win, they report that it was a loss, or not good enough. The Enemy of the People!”
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