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Maryland Gov. Hogan says Biden's plan to send at-home COVID-19 tests is 'hijacking' the state's plan to buy tests

Added 01-16-22 01:14:03pm EST - “Hogan said that the Biden administration appeared to be buying up tests that had already been ordered for distribution by states.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Maryland Gov. Hogan says Biden's plan to send at-home COVID-19 tests is 'hijacking' the state's plan to buy tests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday criticized President Joe Biden's effort to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests to Americans, claiming the plan caused issues for states already planning to purchase kits.

"The president announced nearly a month ago before Christmas that he was going to distribute these half a billion rapid tests out across the country," Hogan, a Republican, said during an appearance on CBS News' "Face the Nation." 

"And so far we haven't seen any," he added. "We were acquiring our own, you know, the states have been on the front lines throughout this crisis. And now it appears as if, rather than producing more of these rapid tests, the federal government is just purchasing the ones that we had already contracted for."

The Biden administration on Wednesday plans to launch a website to allow Americans to sign up to receive rapid COVID-19 tests in the mail in order to improve access as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus surges. Each person will be eligible to request up to four tests, according to the White House. In addition to the website, the White House said it would set up a phone line "to help those unable to access the website to place orders."

Biden in December announced the federal government would purchase 500 million COVID-19 tests to be sent to Americans. According to a Friday USA Today report, a Biden administration official said the White House had secured 420 million tests and was in the process of finalizing a contract for the remaining 80 million. 

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