Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Max Rose (NY-11)
Following pressure by Congressman Max Rose, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this morning that it is taking two actions to help expand testing capabilities in New York State. Rose spoke with Dr. Jeff Shuren, Director of the Centers for Devices and Radiological Health at FDA today following the FDA’s announcement.
“Following this morning’s announcement, I spoke with senior FDA leadership to continue pushing them to certify and approve additional testing equipment and drastically increase the availability of reagents for test kits,” said Rose, a former non-profit healthcare executive. “While it should’ve happened much sooner, the FDA’s announcement to give New York necessary approvals and flexibility is a critical step. But let me be clear, we’re behind the 8-ball and playing catch-up. I will not stop fighting until coronavirus testing is widely available and capacity matches the demand.”
The FDA announced that it is not objecting to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) authorizing certain laboratories in New York to begin patient testing. Additionally, the FDA provided authorization for laboratories to immediately begin to run automated tests on Roche’s high-volume platform.
Rose has been a leader in calling for expanded and automated testing approvals from the federal government. Earlier this week, Rose pressed top Administration officials both in a Congressional hearing and in a bipartisan letter on the need to approve automated coronavirus testing to increase capacity across New York. Automation would exponentially increase capacity and ensure testing backlogs do not occur. Rose also joined fellow New York Members of Congress in urging the CDC to expedite approval of expanded testing in New York City. Rose also helped introduce new legislation this week to protect healthcare workers who are caring for patients with coronavirus.
Rose, who called on the Administration to declare a public health emergency in January, attended a bipartisan briefing at the White House Situation Room to get briefed on and discuss the global spread, and potential impact, of the coronavirus. Additionally, Rose and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo convened a meeting with federal, state, and local public health officials and local hospitals to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response to ensure Staten Island, South Brooklyn and all of New York City is prepared and fully supported in its response to the global public health epidemic.
In his continued efforts to responsibly address the coronavirus and mitigate unfounded fears, Rose has published a resource page on his website to share up-to-date information with constituents.