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President Joe Biden has announced that the government will distribute N95 masks and 1 billion rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests free to Americans, doubling the amount of tests previously announced.

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1/13/2022 8:41:00 PM

President Joe Biden has announced that the government will distribute N95 masks and 1 billion rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests free to Americans, doubling the amount of tests previously announced.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with the most protective N95 masks, as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases.

whose work supporting vaccinations, testing and caring for patients is being covered by the federal government.The White House said the they spoke with federal personnel who are already on the ground in Arizona, Michigan and New York to hear about their experiences.

Biden also announced that six additional military medical teams will be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island.The White House said the teams will support Henry Ford Hospital just outside Detroit, University Hospital in Newark, the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Cleveland Clinic and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

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All made in China I've never had a covid test lel The initial batch of tests will be delivered for free to Americans through a federal website, which Biden said will launch next week. Biden said his administration would also announce details about the free N95 masks next week.

President Biden sending COVID-19 medical teams to Ohio to help hospitals, report saysOhio is one of six states President Joe Biden is sending medical teams to for hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, USA Today reported on Jan. 12. Mmm ice cream!!! Too little too late!😠 Any comments DeWine, Husted, Yost, LaRose, Timken, Ohio Republican legislators? We’ll wait.

Questions surround the COVID-19 omicron variant's relationship with long-haul COVIDLong-haul COVID is described as having symptoms more than months after an initial infection. GovCox

Biden administration will provide K-12 schools with additional 10 million Covid-19 tests per monthThe Biden administration on Wednesday announced new initiatives to provide an additional 10 million Covid-19 tests per month to schools and students in an effort to keep classrooms open. These tests are about as effective as masks at preventing spread. This is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. This entire pandemic has been one huge racketeering scam. The taxpayers have taken it right up the keister. By the time these get out the pandemic will be over. The Biden administration gave the states millions in Covid relief money to fund testing and mitigation measures months ago. Where’s the accountability?

Biden sending more COVID tests to schools to keep them openThe new initiative comes as the White House faces mounting criticism over long lines and supply shortages for testing. Bidenflation

Biden administration sending 10 million more COVID tests to schools to keep them openThe Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge. Yeah right. All the presidents efforts are so half baked. Covid tests to keep school open? Lol. This is all BS. I work at a private school in LA county. No tests. No masks. No distancing. Life at this school is normal. How many covid “outbreaks” have we had? NONE. Sure a handful of staff or kids have gotten covid but no one has died.

Biden announces millions of COVID tests for schools to help them stay openThe Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge.

National Guard members whose work supporting vaccinations, testing and caring for patients is being covered by the federal government. The White House said the they spoke with federal personnel who are already on the ground in Arizona, Michigan and New York to hear about their experiences. Biden also announced that six additional military medical teams will be deployed to Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island. The White House said the teams will support Henry Ford Hospital just outside Detroit, University Hospital in Newark, the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Cleveland Clinic and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. The deployment by the Department of Defense will join another team sent by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Bob Riney, president of Healthcare Operations and chief operating officer for Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System. He said the phases of the operations would come together “in a highly coordinated way.” “They’re not overlapping. They’re complementary,” he told reporters Thursday. The first team of medical personnel arrived Sunday and went through an orientation before helping patients on Monday. They are providing care for up to 24 beds and supporting staff at Henry Ford Wyandotte with in-patient care and surgeries, Riney said. The first phase is through Jan. 21 and the second team will come for an additional 30 days. “We are looking at 45 days of total support and that has a much more meaningful impact,” he said. “We welcome and are grateful for any support that we have,” said Riney, who told reporters that the federal government chose to address needs at the Wyandotte hospital after the health system submitted its current situation and data to Health and Human Services. A spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic said the hospital system is “receiving federal support from a team of approximately 20 military medical professionals.” Spokesperson Andrea Pacetti said they likely will begin working next week at the Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland. CEO and President Dr. Tom Mihaljevic in a statement on Thursday said: “We are grateful for the federal support as we continue to face a challenging COVID-19 surge in our Ohio hospitals. The addition of military medical personnel allows us to care for more patients in our community.” — AP writers Alexandra Jaffe in Washington, Corey Williams in Detroit and Mark Gillispie in Cleveland contributed. AP NEWS