Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Corporate drive though coronavirus testing promised by President Trump is a failure

A federal COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Walmart in North Lake, Ill., March 25 (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
President Trump's plan to leave coronavirus testing to corporations with drive through testing didn't work out.
(CNN)As he was facing intense criticism for a lack of adequate testing, President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden in mid-March that the federal government would partner with private companies to set up drive-thru coronavirus testing sites.
He invited chief executives from Target, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS to the microphone and showered them with praise over the new effort. The President told attendees he envisioned consumers driving up, getting swabbed and having their samples sent off to the lab to be tested -- "without having to leave your car."
But the President's celebrated announcement hasn't come close to being fulfilled.
While these retailers have approximately 30,000 locations combined, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that there are only five locations from these major retailers that are currently offering drive-thru testing -- and none are open to the general public.

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