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Biden announces purchase of additional 500 million COVID-19 tests

Biden announces purchase of additional 500 million COVID-19 tests

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his administration would purchase an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests for the home as the White House prepares to launch a website that will allow Americans to order them directly from their homes for free.

Thursday’s announcement means the Biden administration has pledged to purchase a total of 1 billion tests in the coming weeks and months.

Biden’s comments come as the US faces a record spread of the virus due to its highly contagious omicron variant. The new wave has sent people to hospitals to… near record levels across the country.

In response to the new surge in cases, Biden has already introduced a rule requiring insurance companies to: cover the cost of home COVID-19 testing that starts on Saturday.

This week, the White House also announced it would begin providing 10 million tests a month to schools across the country, although such a commitment would cover only a fraction of the 50 million students, teachers and staff in schools across the country.

Biden also promised Thursday that the White House would release a plan next week to provide “high-quality” masks to Americans for free. In recent days, top White House health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, been encourage Americans to consider switching their cloth masks for surgical-grade face coverings, such as N95 masks.

Fauci said Tuesday that Americans should “get the highest quality mask you can tolerate and available to you.”


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