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WATCH: Health official testifies on new tests for COVD-19

The director of the National Institutes of Health said he is “optimistic” about a new project, dubbed “Shark Tank,” to develop new tests for the coronavirus. Dr. Francis Collins testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Tuesday.

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“We believe that putting the best minds in the world together is the only way to meet the challenge and to bring this virus under control,” Collins said.

The United States is currently well below the testing threshhold for the virus that public health officials say is needed to monitor infections and resume more aspects of public life.