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Video: In Senate Hearing, Kaine Presses Trump Administration On COVID-19 Response


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine pressed Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus and the stark differences in the death toll in the United States vs. South Korea. He asked Dr. Collins why South Korea’s death toll increased from 28 on March 3 to 256 today while the United States’ death toll increased from 9 to 74,665 in that same time period.

At the hearing, Kaine said, “The last time that we were here as a Committee was March 3 and 9 deaths had occurred in the United States of coronavirus when we were last together. And today, the number is 74,665… The numbers are large, but we can’t forget that each one is a tragedy.”

This week, Senator Kaine joined his colleagues in a letter to President Trump, calling on his Administration to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan of action by May 24th to ensure states have sufficient tests.