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Top U.S. Officials Defend Virus Response Despite Funding Issues

July 31, 2020, 7:00 PM

Federal health officials testifying before a House panel agreed that the Trump Administration’s response to the pandemic has been hampered by a lack of funding but insisted they’ve done the most they can within those confines.

“Within the context with what we have, what’s available to us, we’re doing everything we possibly can,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during the Friday hearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

The officials, who also included Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, inventoried measures taken to improve testing...

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