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White House Pledges Millions of Free Virus Tests to Schools
The Biden administration said it would provide millions of rapid antigen and lab-based coronavirus tests to the nation’s K-12 schools each month in an effort keep them open amid spread of the Omicron variant.
We know in-person learning is what’s best for our children, so keeping schools open safely is a top priority. And we know what works to keep schools open: vaccinations, masks, better ventilation, distancing and testing. The Omicron variant is driving unprecedented demand for testing, so we need to ensure school leaders have the support they need to meet that demand. So today we’re taking additional actions, including sending five million free rapid tests to schools each month, and providing another 5 million lab-based tests each month. These 10 million additional tests available each month will allow schools to double the volume of testing they were performing in November. The president is clear: The nation’s schools can and should be open, and we have given state and local leaders the resources to ensure they can be open.
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