Biden plan will send out 500 million coronavirus tests to try to tackle the omicron surge

Biden plan will send out 500 million coronavirus tests to try to tackle the omicron surge


President Biden will announce a plan to send 500 million free coronavirus test kits to Americans | Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The White House says President Biden will deliver a speech Tuesday to announce a plan to distribute 500 million free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests beginning next month, as the administration ramps up attempts to deal with the spread of the omicron variant. The administration says it will set up a website for Americans who want to request a test to be delivered to their homes for free. This would be the second public-facing pandemic-specific website from the Biden administration, which previously built a site to direct people to vaccine providers.

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