Biden announces new COVID-19 measures amid omicron surge | USA TODAY 1

Biden announces new COVID-19 measures amid omicron surge | USA TODAY

 

Biden's remarks on coronavirus come as the US faces the new omicron variant, a surge in infections, long lines for testing and overwhelmed hospitals.
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President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday the purchase of a half-billion, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests and the mobilization of 1,000 military medical personnel to overburdened hospitals in an effort to confront surging COVID-19 infections and the new, highly-transmissible omicron variant.

Building on the winter strategy he outlined earlier this month, Biden wants to ramp up the supply of rapid tests, as shortages have led to long lines and overwhelmed hospitals in hot spots as Americans crisscross the country for the holiday season.

An administration official who outlined the plans to reporters declined to say how many free, at-home tests Americans will be able to access through a new website but said they would be delivered through the mail.

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22 comments

  1. EUA for these tests expire on 12/31/21 and being phased out entirely due to the high rate of false positives according to the CDC.

  2. This is the song that never ends.
    Yes it goes on and on my friends.
    Some people, started singing it not knowing what it was and they’ll continue singing it forever just because ….

    1. C’mon MAN!
      “It’s just wear a mask.”
      “It’s just six feet.”
      “It’s just for two weeks.”
      “It’s just wear a mask for 100 DAYS.”
      “It’s just wear two masks.”
      “It’s just the elderly at risk.”
      “It’s just non essential businesses.”
      “It’s just non essential workers.”
      “It’s just the bars that will be closed.”
      “It’s just the restaurants that will be closed.”
      “it’s just the stadiums that will be closed.”
      “It’s just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals.”
      “It’s just to make the cases go down.”
      “It’s just to flatten the curve.”
      “It’s just a few inmates.”
      “It’s just to keep others from getting scared.”
      “It’s just for a few more weeks.”
      “It’s just church, you could still pray.”
      “It’s just a bracelet.”
      “It’s just an app.”
      “It’s just for tracing.”
      “It’s just to let others know you’re safe to be around.”
      “It’s just to let others know who you’ve been in contact with.”
      “It’s just a few more months.”
      “It’s just a large gathering of peaceful protesters.”
      “It’s just a few violent protests.”
      “It’s just a vaccine.”
      “It’s just a little microchip.”
      “It’s just a blood test.”
      “It’s just a scan.”
      “It’s just for medical information.”
      “It’s just a vaccination certificate.”
      “It’s just like a credit card.”
      “It’s just a few places that don’t take cash.”
      “It’s just so you can travel.”
      “It’s just so you can get your driver’s license.”
      “It’s just so you can vote.”
      “It’s just a M95 mask for everyone.”
      “It’s just a free covid-19 test for every household in the mail.”
      “It’s just a few more years.”
      C’mon MAN!

  3. It’s sad how most politicians as so eager to add new restrictions, here In Canada it’s even worse than the US, its sad

  4. Last week the Pentagon announced 20k or 1.3% of personnel will be discharged for refusing to be vaxxed. That’s a small %. The Pentagon thinks since discharges have begun that many will reconsider getting the jab.

  5. Anyone know what was in that first couple minutes where he’s talking but the audio failed? I don’t know sign language unfortunately.

  6. C’mon MAN!
    “It’s just wear a mask.”
    “It’s just six feet.”
    “It’s just for two weeks.”
    “It’s just wear a mask for 100 DAYS.”
    “It’s just wear two masks.”
    “It’s just the elderly at risk.”
    “It’s just non essential businesses.”
    “It’s just non essential workers.”
    “It’s just the bars that will be closed.”
    “It’s just the restaurants that will be closed.”
    “it’s just the stadiums that will be closed.”
    “It’s just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals.”
    “It’s just to make the cases go down.”
    “It’s just to flatten the curve.”
    “It’s just a few inmates.”
    “It’s just to keep others from getting scared.”
    “It’s just for a few more weeks.”
    “It’s just church, you could still pray.”
    “It’s just a bracelet.”
    “It’s just an app.”
    “It’s just for tracing.”
    “It’s just to let others know you’re safe to be around.”
    “It’s just to let others know who you’ve been in contact with.”
    “It’s just a few more months.”
    “It’s just a large gathering of peaceful protesters.”
    “It’s just a few violent protests.”
    “It’s just a vaccine.”
    “It’s just a little microchip.”
    “It’s just a blood test.”
    “It’s just a scan.”
    “It’s just for medical information.”
    “It’s just a vaccination certificate.”
    “It’s just like a credit card.”
    “It’s just a few places that don’t take cash.”
    “It’s just so you can travel.”
    “It’s just so you can get your driver’s license.”
    “It’s just so you can vote.”
    “It’s just a M95 mask for everyone.”
    “It’s just a free covid-19 test for every household in the mail.”
    “It’s just a few more years.”
    C’mon MAN!

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