Covid Live Updates: Biden Announces 500 Million More Tests and Military Help for Hospitals

ImagePresident Biden on Thursday said that with plan to buy additional coronavirus tests,  “that will mean a billion tests in total to meet future demand.”
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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Thursday said he was directing his staff to purchase an additional 500 million coronavirus tests for distribution to Americans, doubling the government’s previous purchase as his administration scrambles to respond to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

The announcement, which came when Mr. Biden delivered remarks on the pandemic, brings to one billion the total number of tests to be given away free of charge.

“That will mean a billion tests in total to meet future demand,” Mr. Biden said. “And we’ll continue to work with the retailers and online…

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