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Senate Democrats Send Corrosive Letter to White House About COVID-19 Testing

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In a letter to White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients on Thursday, led by Nevada Sen. Jacky Rosen, the groups ask, “Why hasn’t the government taken more important steps to increase access to home testing before? .”

The group praised the government’s efforts to promote and distribute vaccines, but are fiercely critical of the slowness of getting tests out across the country.

Far too many measures — such as increasing access to home testing — were reactive rather than proactive, the letter reads.

“This administration knew or should have known that there have been testing shortages across the country in recent months, and with full expectation that the virus would likely mutate into a new variant, it took steps to increase access to testing ahead of the current one. wave to take place. hit, not several weeks into the gulf, with resources still not available until later this month or beyond.”

The senators are calling on the administration to improve preparedness to ensure they are not caught off guard again and ask whether they need Congress’ help to deal with the current spike in business.

The letter is also signed by Sens. Mark Kelly from Arizona, Joe Manchin from West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona and Jon Ossoff from Georgia.

On Monday, a group of 50 lawmakers, including some leading Biden allies such as independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, also wrote a letter to President Joe Biden, urging “additional, immediate steps” to ramp up the supply of tests so that every American has access to one rapid test per week.

Since the holidays, Covid-19 home tests have been hard to come by and there have been long lines at many testing facilities in the US.

Biden announced on Thursday that he is directing his team to purchase another team 500 million Covid-19 rapid tests in addition to the 500 million tests he has announced last month would be distributed free of charge throughout the country.

Biden also said the website where Americans can sign up for free tests emailed to them will be rolled out next week. More details are expected Friday, according to a White House official.

But the administration is still in the process of acquiring the first half a billion Covid-19 tests and only started last week sign contracts to buy them. The White House said it expected the first free rapid tests will be delivered to the government “early next week”.

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