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Joe Biden says U.S. schools will get 10 million more COVID-19 tests per month

Added 01-12-22 08:22:01am EST - “The Biden administration said Wednesday it will provide 10 million more COVID-19 tests to U.S. schools each month as it tries to keep classrooms open and mollify teachers' unions that have demanded safety upgrades amid the omicron…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Biden says U.S. schools will get 10 million more COVID-19 tests per month”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration said Wednesday it will provide 10 million more COVID-19 tests to U.S. schools each month as it tries to keep classrooms open and mollify teachers’ unions that have demanded safety upgrades amid the omicron wave.

The allotment will consist of 5 million rapid tests to help kids “test to stay” if they are exposed to the virus. The administration will also provide 5 million PCR tests per month.

A White House fact sheet said President Biden will surge testing sites, including near schools, to communities that need them. It also highlighted American Rescue funding that allows schools to set up arrangements with local testing centers. 

The administration will also provide more guidance on test-to-stay programs that let students stay in class after exposure, so long as they test twice and wear a mask during the following week.

“Since day one, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken every step available to keep schools safely open for full-time, in-person instruction,” the White House said. “These efforts have resulted in 96% of schools open in-person in January 2022, up from 46% of schools in January 2021. Students have sacrificed so much over the course of the pandemic, and the president has been clear in his words and his actions that his administration will do all that it can to keep schools safely open for all students.”

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