Biden announces purchase of additional 500 million COVID-19 tests

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President Biden announced on Thursday that his administration is buying an additional 500 million rapid tests to be distributed for free to people in the US.

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Running news: The administration had earlier bought 500 million rapid tests in December, which are due this month. With the purchase announced today, the US will have a total of 1 billion tests “to meet future demand”, Biden said.

What are we watching: Biden said the administration would announce next week how it would make “high-quality masks” available to the American people.

  • The administration will also launch a website next week “where you can order a free trial” and it will be “shipped to your home.”
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what is he saying: “For those who want immediate testing, we continue to add FEMA testing sites to more individual free testing sites,” Biden said.

  • The president reminded the public that people with health insurance could get reimbursed for up to eight tests a month, and for those without insurance, “we have more than 20,000 free testing sites across the country.”

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