Are FDA Restrictions To Blame For The Lack Of COVID-19 Tests?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartMarch 25, 2020 1:38 pm,

Houston Congressman Dan Crenshaw, recently said that United States Food and Drug Administration regulations “created barriers to the private industry [for] creating a test quickly” for the coronavirus.

Is that a fact?

Madlin Mekelburg looked into it for PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman. She says Crenshaw made the claim in response to a chain of tweets talking about why the United States has failed to provide adequate testing for COVID-19.

In his tweet, Crenshaw, a Republican, said the testing issue wasn’t the fault of President Donald Trump, or former President Barack Obama – something Trump has claimed. Rather, he placed blame on the federal agency that tests and regulates medicines and vaccines.


Hear how Crenshaw’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Caroline Covington.