To: Zeke Miller, Associated Press
Has been updated:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will again make free COVID-19 tests available to all American households as it unveils its contingency plans for a possible coronavirus surge this winter. It offers.
Starting Thursday, the government will make four rapid virus tests available to all U.S. households through covidtests.gov after a three-month hiatus, according to senior government officials. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the program. COVID-19 cases increased significantly after the Thanksgiving holiday, and are projected to increase further due to indoor gatherings and travel around Christmas and New Year.
The administration is keeping personnel and equipment on standby in case it is needed to help overwhelmed hospitals and nursing homes, as it was needed during the early waves of the virus. So far, there have been no requests for help, but officials said they have surge teams, ventilators and personal protective equipment on hand.
The Biden administration is also urging states and local governments to do more to encourage people to get access to the latest bivalent COVID-19 vaccine. Scientists say it is more effective in preventing serious illness and death from the currently prevalent subspecies. The administration has reiterated best practices for nursing homes and long-term care facilities for virus prevention and treatment, and has urged administrators and governments to encourage new vaccinations for vulnerable populations.
The plan is for the administration to give most Americans the latest booster as infections and deaths fall from pandemic highs and most people accept to return to most of their pre-pandemic activities. Because I’m having a hard time convincing them to get it.
Officials said funding for new tests was reallocated from other virus programs while the White House struggled to gain congressional buy-in for additional COVID-19 emergency funding. , declined to provide details about how much money was spent on the new tests or what programs they were diverted from.
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