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WH COVID-19 team appoints testing czar, explores mask upgrades as it defends virus response

Added 01-12-22 02:03:02pm EST - “The Biden administration said Wednesday it has appointed a new COVID-19 testing coordinator and is considering ways to procure better-performing masks as President Biden scrambles to catch up with the omicron wave and meet demand…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “WH COVID-19 team appoints testing czar, explores mask upgrades as it defends virus response”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration said Wednesday it has appointed a new COVID-19 testing coordinator and is considering ways to procure better-performing masks as President Biden scrambles to catch up with the omicron wave and meet demand for diagnostics and other safeguards in schools, workplaces and households.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said Tom Inglesby, an infectious diseases expert at Johns Hopkins University, is a leading expert who will help Americans screen themselves for the virus.

“We continue to work across multiple fronts to increase Americans’ access to testing and we’re all very, very grateful for his willingness, Tom’s willingness, to lead these efforts,” Mr. Zients said.

He announced the addition hours after the White House said it will send an additional 10 million tests per month — 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab tests — to K-12 schools to help them stay open for in-person learning and allow students to “test to stay” after exposure.

“The omicron variant is driving unprecedented demand for testing. So we need to ensure school leaders have the support they need to meet that demand,” Mr. Zients said. “These 10 million additional tests available each month will allow schools to double the volume of the testing they were performing in November. The president is clear that the nation’s schools can and should be open and we have given state and local leaders the resources to ensure they can be open.”

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