On Tuesday, President Joe Biden attempted to deflect blame for Americans' lack of simple access to testing.
"C'mon, what took so long?" Biden snarled when asked why it took so long to scale up testing. What took so long was that it took no time at all. "What occurred was that the Omicron virus propagated faster than anyone expected."
To be clear, health experts have been predicting a winter surge of Covid for months, which makes reasonable given that we experienced one last year. This was obvious even before Omicron.
One may debate whether the president should be held accountable for long lineups at testing locations or the difficulties of obtaining speedy at-home tests in high-transmission zones. But the difficulty with Biden's argument is that he ran on the promise that, unlike Donald Trump, he would not be taken off guard by Covid.
Early in the pandemic, testing was scarce, providing us only a rudimentary grasp of the virus's frequency and the areas where it was spreading. One of the main reasons was that the Centers for Disease Control compelled labs to utilize their own testing kits, which turned out to be useless. The failure of testing was used by Democrats to win points against Trump. And Biden was at the helm.
“The administration’s failure on testing is colossal and it’s a failure of planning, leadership, and execution,” Biden said at a March 2020 speech.
Due of his considerable knowledge and management of Ebola, Biden ran as the one who would be ahead of the curve on Covid. As a result, stating that the spike was surprisingly swift isn't a plausible excuse.