Warner: US made a “mistake” on testing and calls for national plan


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner called for a national testing plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

He spoke on Friday with Lynchburg business leaders about Virginia beginning to reopen.

He says he’s glad Gov. Ralph Northam is moving forward on reopening Virginia’s economy, but he says there is still a lot that needs to happen at the national level to combat the virus, specifically when it comes to testing.

“I’ve been begging the Vice President on this,” said Warner. “On testing, let’s have a national testing plan. You know, testing is the most important thing we can do to get our workers, our community feeling safe going back out. And we are still way behind, on a per capita basis, many other countries around the world.”

Warner says the federal government made a mistake not having national coordinated systems for testing as well as for personal protective equipment. In addition, Warner hopes that, for any future potential vaccine, there will be a national supply chain to produce and distribute it fairly.

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