Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday that while the coronavirus trends give her “great hope” for slow reopenings over the next few months, many of the social distancing measures that have upended American life will be a constant fixture through the summer.
And, while President Donald Trump and many governors press to re-open the economy, Birx said the U.S. needs a “breakthrough” on coronavirus testing to help screen Americans and get a more accurate picture of the virus’ spread.
Birx said the task force intends to continue working with states to scale up testing for those sick with the virus. “At the same time,” she added, “we have to realize that we have to have a breakthrough innovation in testing” for those who…