Doocy To Psaki: What Happened To The 500 Million Missing COVID Tests? [VIDEO]

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Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy peppered White House press secretary Jen Psaki with questions Monday about the Biden administration’s COVID-19 response messaging and testing capacity.

Doocy pressed Psaki on why the administration hasn’t done more to increase the country’s testing capacity ahead of a “winter of severe illness and death,” as predicted by President Joe Biden. He also asked if Biden would update his messaging to reflect that vaccines aren’t preventing spread of COVID-19.

When asked why the administration was unprepared for an increased need for tests following the holidays, Psaki pointed to new testing sites opened by the administration and the tenfold increase in COVID-19 testing happening nationwide compared to one year ago.

“There has been a massive surge in cases … there has been an unprecedented demand for tests. So what we have done over the course of the last few weeks, even before that, is the president quadrupled our testing capacity since this summer, we opened 20,000 sites across the country, and we have also opened additional federal sites, including one in D.C. only recently,” she said.

“If you look to a year ago, there were no tests, or maybe one depending on the timeline, that was available on the market. Now we have nine. If you look to about a year ago, there was about 900,000 or maybe slightly higher tests that were being issued every day. Now we’re at about 10 or 11 million. 300 million tests are done in this country every month. So there’s enormous progress being made.”

Doocy then pointed out that the instructions coming from the White House on testing are contradictory to CDC guidance: “The tests you’re talking about though, require people to go somewhere and either make an appointment or wait in line. The CDC’s guidance is, if you think you have COVID you’re supposed to stay home,” he said. “You guys said you were gonna mail free tests to people that need them. The president’s there on television talking about a winter of severe illness and death. While he’s saying that publicly, why weren’t you guys doing more to prepare for the winter?

“Everyone decides where they’re going to go get a test,” Psaki answered. “We make a range of options available. You can also purchase tests online.”

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