Congressman Cohen Leads Letter to White House Coronavirus Task Force

March 23, 2020
Press Release
Demands explanation for delays in testing, shortages of critical supplies


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today led a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force asking why the United States did not follow World Health Organization guidance, available since January 17, for manufacturing Covid-19 tests and instead relied on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) test, which was found to be inoperable on March 1. Workable test kits were not available in all 50 states until March 9. 

“It is essential we understand how this occurred so that, as we work to flatten the curve of infection, fund vital medical research, provide hospitals with essential supplies and protect health care workers, we may operate with a full understanding of the Task Force’s decision-making process,” the letter reads in part. 

See the entire letter here. 

By Monday afternoon, the letter had been signed by 47 Members of Congress.