- Advertisement -spot_img
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Biden to double free COVID tests and add masks to fight omicrons

Biden To Double Free Covid Tests And Add Masks To Fight Omicrons

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed free of charge to Americans along with “high-quality masks,” highlighting its efforts to “build up” resources to help the country cope. with a surge in coronavirus cases.

Biden also announced that starting next week, 1,000 military medics will begin deploying across the country to help overburdened medical facilities alleviate staffing shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Speaking at the White House, he said six additional military medical teams would be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Many facilities are struggling because their workers are in home quarantine due to the virus at the same time as a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases. The new deployment will be in addition to other federal medical personnel that have already been sent to the states to provide assistance in case of severe shortages.

Biden acknowledged that “I know we’re all disappointed as we enter this new year” as cases of the virus reach new heights. But he insisted that it remains a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people have tested positive for the virus, but Biden noted medical data showing people are much less likely to get seriously ill and die if they’ve been vaccinated: “What happens after that couldn’t be more different.” “.

Biden’s comments come as his administration’s focus is shifting to mitigating disruptions due to a spike in cases, which also contributes to food shortages and flight cancellations, rather than preventing transmission of the virus.

On Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, acting head of the Food and Drug Administration, told Congress that the highly contagious strain will infect “most people” and that the focus should be on keeping critical services running.

“I think it’s hard to understand what’s really happening right now, which is: most people will get COVID, okay?” she said. “What we need to do is make sure hospitals can still function – transportation, other essential services won’t be disrupted while this is happening.”

Biden said he is directing his team to double the purchase of rapid COVID-19 tests, which will be delivered free to Americans through a future federal website, as he tries to respond to criticism over shortages and long waiting lists for tests. The original order was for 500 million tests, and the federal government will now purchase 1 billion home testing kits.

The first batch of test kits will be available from next week, when the administration launches a new website for Americans to request free tests, Biden said. The remaining tests will be delivered in the coming months.

World Nation News Desk
World Nation News Deskhttps://worldnationnews.com/
World Nation News is a digital news portal website. Which provides important and latest breaking news updates to our audience in an effective and efficient ways, like world’s top stories, entertainment, sports, technology and much more news.
Latest news
Related news
- Advertisement -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here