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Biden Announces Purchase of 500 Million More Covid Tests
President Biden said his administration would double its previous purchase of coronavirus tests to be distributed for free to Americans and deploy additional medical personnel to states hard-hit by the Omicron variant.
We’re on track to roll out a website next week where you can order free tests shipped to your home. And in addition to the 500 million — half a billion — tests that are in the process of being acquired to ship to you, homes for free, today I’m directing my team to procure an additional half a billion, additional 500 million more tests to distribute for free. That’ll mean a billion tests in total to meet future demand. And we’ll continue to work with the retailers and online, and online retailers to increase availability. And for those who want an immediate test, we continue to add FEMA testing sites so that there are more free in-person testing sites. For those of you with insurance, you can get reimbursed for eight tests a month. For those without insurance, we have over 20,000 free testing sites all around the country. Just since Thanksgiving, over 800 military and other federal emergency personnel have been deployed to 24 states, tribes and territories, including over 350 military doctors, nurses and medics, helping staff the hospitals that are in short supply. Today, I’m announcing our next deployment of six additional federal medical teams. A total of more than 120 military medical personnel to six hard-hit states: Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island.
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