Nurses work at a drive-thru testing site for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, U.S., May 6, 2020.
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The U.S. plans to make millions of “accurate and easy-to-use” coronavirus tests by the end of the summer and even more before flu season as states ease social distancing measures and Americans head back to work, the head of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday.
“I must tell you, senators, this is a stretch goal that goes beyond what most experts think will be possible,” NIH Director Francis Collins said during a hearing Thursday with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
“I have encountered some stunned expressions when describing these goals and this time table to knowledgeable individuals. The scientific and logistical challenges are truly daunting,” he said, adding he’s optimistic.
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