Did Federal Officials Really Question W.H.O. Tests for Coronavirus?

At a time when the Trump administration is facing intense criticism for its failure to make coronavirus tests available to millions of nervous Americans, remarks by a federal health official on Tuesday appeared to suggest that the World Health Organization’s diagnostic tests were wildly inaccurate.

No one else has made that accusation, the W.H.O. says it is untrue and experts agree. Many wondered if it were a simple slip of the tongue by the official at the end of a two-hour news conference.

In a somewhat rambling answer to a question related to W.H.O. tests, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said: “It doesn’t help to put out a test where 50 percent or 47 percent were false positives. Imagine what that would mean to the American people. Imagine…

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