"What our country had done so far in testing is impressive but not nearly enough," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the HELP committee, in his opening remarks.
Reopening the country requires large-scale testing, he added.
"In my opinion, this requires millions of new tests, many from new technologies. Some of these will fail, but we only need a few successes to get where we want to go," Alexander said.
As he noted his previous conversations around coronavirus treatments and vaccines with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sen. Alexander said that those are the ultimate solution, but until they are developed, all paths to reopening depend on testing.
"All roads back to work and school go through testing. The more tests we conduct, the better we can identify those who are sick and exposed, and we can quarantine the sick and exposed instead of trying to quarantine the whole country," the senator said.