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C.D.C. Addresses Virus Testing Inequality
On Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced a new initiative to address inequalities in testing, which she argued will be key to halting community transmission of the coronavirus.
Importantly, until now, limited test capacity has resulted in our use of tests for largely diagnostic purposes when someone presents with symptoms or has been exposed. Only in selected places have we capitalized on the benefits of how testing can be used as a screening intervention with frequent tests to identify asymptomatic disease and prevent clusters before they start. To end this pandemic, everyone must have equal access to affordable and timely testing, with fast turnaround time for results to identify infections and reduce community spread. So I’m proud to share the C.D.C. is announcing new funding for $2.25 billion in grants to public health departments — on average, $20 million per grant to more than 100 health departments to address Covid-19 health disparities and advance health equity among people who are at high risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural areas. A large component of this funding will focus on strategies to improve testing and contact tracing, along with funding to support continued implementation and prevention strategies for Covid-19.
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