White House insists US has 'sufficient' testing capacity to reopen amid widespread criticism

Mike Pence says US has enough tests for ‘phase one’ of process but taskforce experts acknowledge uncertainty Coronavirus – live US updates Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage The White House coronavirus taskforce has pushed back at widespread criticism that the US lacks the testing capacity to end lockdowns and reopen its economy. Mike Pence, the vice-president, insisted on Friday that there were enough tests to enable states to follow the first phase of federal guidelines released 24 hours earlier. But the coronavirus response coordinator, Dr Deborah Birx, admitted that phase two remained uncertain because of the difficulty of testing people who carry the virus but do not show symptoms. Continue reading...