Day: January 10, 2022

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Where are the COVID-19 tests that Biden promised?

President Joe Biden announced last month that the federal government will buy half a billion COVID-19 rapid test kits and distribute them free to people to use at home. But despite high public demand for tests, it will still be several more weeks before these kits are available to be shipped, White House officials said.

DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE THE TESTS?

Not yet. This week marked the close of an initial bidding period for test manufacturers to apply to the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services for contracts to make the tests. The first contract, totaling $51.6 million, was awarded Thursday and additional contracts will be signed in the coming weeks, officials said. All 500 million kits will not arrive at the same time. They will be delivered in batches over months.

WHEN WILL THE TEST KITS BE DELIVERED?

The federal government is expected to get delivery of

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Under flood of Omicron cases, Texans scramble to find COVID tests

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Texans seeking COVID tests are finding long lines and sold-out pharmacies, as the Lone Star State grapples with a new, Omicron-induced wave of the virus—the largest since the pandemic began.

When asked about their supply of at-home COVID-19 tests, a Walgreens clerk in the area around Houston, the economic capital of Texas, replied: “We’re sold out since this morning.”

“You can come back in six days,” said the pharmacy chain employee.

At the competitor chain CVS, and elsewhere, the situation is the same.

The need for testing is so high that people sometimes have to wait for hours at large, dedicated facilities.

In the far-west Texas city of El Paso, the local ABC television channel reported that the wait to get tested Thursday at one of the city’s “mega-sites” was between three and five hours.

The Omicron wave is hitting Texas hard: the state registered nearly

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