The White Home says President Biden will ship a speech Tuesday to announce a plan to distribute 500 million free at-home speedy COVID-19 tests starting subsequent month, as the administration ramps up makes an attempt to take care of the unfold of the omicron variant. The administration says it will arrange a web site for People who need to request a take a look at to be delivered to their properties at no cost. This may be the second public-facing pandemic-specific web site from the Biden administration, which beforehand constructed a site to direct people to vaccine providers.
The president’s so-called “winter plan” will additionally send 1,000 medical army members — together with medical doctors, nurses, and different personnel — to hospitals overwhelmed with COVID sufferers and will arrange extra free federal testing websites. And the administration says it will deploy tons of of federal “vaccinators” throughout 12 states, Tribes, and territories to assist “allow hundreds of further appointments over the subsequent few weeks.”
The actions come as the variety of new coronavirus circumstances has exploded due largely to omicron, a extremely infectious variant of the virus; in accordance to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), omicron is now the dominant strain of the virus in the US. It’s unclear in the event that they’ll be enough to make a dent in the virus’ unfold — the pressure strikes so rapidly that ready till subsequent month to begin sending out tests doubtless received’t blunt the preliminary surge.
Biden additionally plans to invoke the Protection Manufacturing Act to enhance the tempo of coronavirus take a look at manufacturing, and the White Home says the Strategic Nationwide Stockpile has “tons of of tens of millions of N-95 masks,” greater than 100,000 ventilators, and different private protecting gear “prepared to ship out if and when states want them.”
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that Biden’s deliberate speech was not about one other lockdown however somewhat “being instantly clear with the American individuals about the advantages of being vaccinated, the steps we’re going to take to enhance entry, enhance testing, and the dangers posed to unvaccinated people.”
The administration plans to have new federal testing websites arrange earlier than Christmas in New York Metropolis.