The White House Press Secretary claimed on August 27, 2020, that, “Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States is leading the world in testing and the development of a wide range of reliable tests.”
In terms of tests per capita, the United States isn’t leading. As of August 26, 2020, it is behind Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Russia, and Australia.
Additionally, given the severity of the outbreak in the U.S., the amount of testing being done is still not sufficient according to health experts. The Rockefeller Foundation has recommended that the U.S. test 4 million people a day by fall. We are currently testing about 690,000 per day. There remains “broad consensus that the current level of testing is inadequate.”
It’s also relevant to note that the United States’ place on this list has increased in recent months as other nations have contained the virus more successfully and therefore not needed to ramp up their testing as much.
Furthermore, Trump has asked his staff to slow down testing and recently pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change their guidelines to suggest that people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus don’t need to be tested if they don’t have symptoms, despite the fact that up to 50 percent of transmissions occur from asymptomatic people.