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Multi-Stakeholder Letter to Leadership Requesting Dedicated Funding for COVID-19 Testing – July 2020

July 21, 2020

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Charles Schumer
Democratic Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer and Leader McCarthy,

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the country, we, the undersigned stakeholders, urge the Congress to prioritize robust federal funding for the critical testing needed to reopen the country. Swift action is needed to ensure that every American, especially essential workers, frontline healthcare physicians and other clinicians and those at disproportionate risk for COVID-19 have access to vital COVID-19 testing, whether for diagnostic, occupational, return-to-school, public health or virus
monitoring purposes.

Given what we know about this virus and the risk of spread by individuals without symptoms, our response to COVID-19 comes down to two essential elements – we must be able to quickly diagnose the virus, and we need to proactively screen to prevent and mitigate itsspread. Both are essential, and state, local, tribal, and territorial health jurisdictions, clinical labs, consumer groups, health insurance providers, patient and disease organizations, health and aging services providers, diagnostic test manufacturers, employers and business leaders all recognize the importance of broad access to COVID-19 molecular, antigen, serology and next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing as an integral part of our response to this
pandemic.

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