Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) grilled Obama administration officials today at the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on Ebola in the US.
Those testifying on Thursday include Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, Dr. Luciana Borio, assistant commissioner of counterterrorism policy at the Food and Drug Administration, and John P. Wagner, acting assistant commissioner at the Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security.
The panelists admitted that 100 to 150 West Africans from Ebola infected areas are entering the US every day.
And, 2000 are entering the US by plane each year without proper Ebola screenings.
Rep. Cory Gardner: (Dr. Frieden) I think you mentioned there were approximately 100 to 150 people a day coming into the United States from the infected areas.
Dr. Tom Frieden: That’s my understanding, yes.
Gardner: ANd, Mr. Wagner you admitted we’re screening 94% of those people?
John P. Wagner: As of today that covers about 94%.
Gardner: So if 94% are being covered, that means somewhere between two and three thousand people a year are coming into this country without being screened from the infected areas?