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12/21/2021, 11:18 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US to provide 500,000 free home COVID-19 tests

The White House announced on Tuesday a number of new measures aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the Omicron variant, including providing 500,000 at-home, rapid test kits to the general population for free, starting in January 2022. The administration will also accelerate the production of tests, as well as increase the number of testing and vaccination sites.

In addition, another 1,000 military medical personnel and 100 federal personnel will be mobilized and deployed to hospitals during January and February as needed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also been instructed to expand hospital bed capacity, and add ambulances and emergency medical teams. The administration stated it will continue to provide 100% federal reimbursement to states for all COVID-19 emergency response costs.

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