FACT CHECK: Trump says we've tested more than all countries combined. Another lie.
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Kaiser Health News Reports: Trump’s Claim That U.S. Tested More Than All Countries Combined Is ‘Pants On Fire’ Wrong
On April 27, Donald Trump said that "We've tested more than every country combined." He made a similar statement on April 24th on Twitter, when he said that the US had tested “more than any other country in the World, and even more than all major countries combined.”
We consulted a few independent estimates, all of which were recommended to us by global health experts: the COVID Tracking Project, Worldometer and Our World in Data.
All of them place the U.S. total above 5 million tests — the figures range between 5.59 and 5.7 million. And it is correct that no other country has run so many diagnostic tests. But that’s where any semblance of accuracy ends.
But these numbers are only from major countries, not every single country that exists in the world.
The Worldometer data shows that, when you add up the number of tests run in Russia, Germany and Italy, the total lands around 6.72 million. You could also tally the number of tests run in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the U.K. Both Worldometer and Our World in Data place that total above 6 million. Either way, it’s more than what the U.S. has done.
This is also the furtherest thing from a meaningful metric, considering the size of the US compared to other countries.
There is no reasonable way to conclude that the American system has run more diagnostics than “all other major countries combined.” Just by adding up a few other nations’ totals, you can quickly see Trump’s claim fall apart.
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