While President Donald Trump and his administration have been attacked day-in and day-out by the mainstream media, Democrats, and presidential candidates over his response to the COVID-19 threat, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo feels differently.
On Friday, the New York governor made it clear that he’s very grateful to both the president and vice president for their speedy reaction to the pandemic, particularly with regard to mobile testing centers.
“I want to thank the Vice President and especially the President who facilitated this and moved quickly,” Cuomo said in a press conference.
He added that because of the national emergency declared by Trump, the state of New York will be able to start testing more people for the novel coronavirus in one day than all previous testing days combined.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on New York's drive-through coronavirus mobile testing center:
"I want to thank the Vice President and especially the President who facilitated this and moved quickly." pic.twitter.com/jEeCsA6WeF
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On Friday evening, the president also got the CEOs from Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart to commit to helping provide speedy testing and spaces to perform them throughout the country.
Additionally, a subsidiary of Alphabet — the company that owns Google — is working on a website that will help the testing process.
Until now, the testing process has been slow to launch en masse. To date, there have only been 15,000 Americans tested for COVID-19, whereas thousands more likely have the virus but either show no symptoms yet or haven’t been able to get testing.
Going forward with the national emergency declaration will free up manpower and funding to ensure everyone that needs to be tested can be tested in a quick and efficient manner.