White House to Make 500M At-Home COVID Tests Available for Free

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The national authorities adjacent period volition commencement mailing at-home COVID trial kits for escaped to immoderate U.S. household that requests one, a elder medication authoritative said, arsenic the omicron variant of the coronavirus contributes to a spike successful caller cases.

The White House is preparing to vessel arsenic galore arsenic 500 cardinal kits, and it is mounting up a website for radical to taxable their requests, the authoritative said, without specifying however galore tests each household tin person oregon however quickly.

The national authorities besides plans to acceptable up 20,000 caller investigating sites nationwide, with the archetypal 1 opening successful New York City earlier Christmas, the authoritative said.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to present a code Tuesday astir the administration's program to combat the pandemic this winter.

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Public wellness officials person been cautious aft the surge of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, says NBC News aesculapian analogous Dr. John Torres. "We present recognize we person to effort and enactment a measurement up of this microorganism - and by doing that we mightiness unopen down things that don't needfully request to beryllium unopen down," helium said. But the alternate — not being cautious — could pb to cases "getting retired control."

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