Foster Statement on Reported Progress on Antibody Testing
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that widespread COVID-19 antibody testing is close to being deployed:
“Widespread, rapid COVID-19 antibody testing will be essential to reopening our economy and to provide Americans with peace-of-mind to return to normal life. It will also provide crucial assurance to medical workers, first responders, and customer-facing workers who have recovered from COVID-19, that it is safe for them to resume work. Finally, it will provide critical scientific understanding of the extent of asymptomatic transmission and the conditions under which we are safe against a reemergence of the pandemic.
“I'm glad Dr. Fauci understands just how important these serological tests are, and that it seems we are getting closer to them being made available to the public.
“Frankly, it has taken the Trump administration too long to develop a plan for nationwide serological testing, even though House Democrats ensured that antibody testing would be provided to everyone at no cost as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that we passed on March 14.
“Other countries are already moving much more quickly to deploy antibody testing among their populations, and it’s vital America isn’t caught behind the curve on this like we have been on diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
“The administration should move swiftly to implement a nationwide serological testing program which will put us in a stronger position when we are ready to reopen our economy. This must be followed by the ability for individuals to reliably certify that they are immune to COVID-19 so that they can return to normal life – especially for workers in critical industries like healthcare and food.”