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White House says 380 million of an initial order of 500M COVID-19 tests have been procured

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that the federal authorities has obtained 380 million of the five hundred million COVID-19 tests President Biden promised to ship to Americans without cost.

“Now we’re at the point where we have procured about 380 million of these tests,” Psaki mentioned throughout Thursday’s press briefing. “We feel we’re making very strong progress.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
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Psaki’s feedback come after Biden introduced earlier Thursday that he has ordered the acquisition of 500 million further tests on high of the half a billion which can be already within the course of of being bought, saying that his administration has made nice progress tackling a nationwide check scarcity in January.

“We’re seeing a real improvement in testing,” Biden mentioned, including {that a} deliberate web site Americans will be capable to use to order the tests is “on track” to go reside later this month.

“We’ll continue to work with the retailers online to increase availability,” Biden mentioned. “And for those who want an immediate test, we continue to add FEMA testing sites so that there are more free in-person testing sites.”

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden.
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The announcement comes the identical day the Supreme Court delivered Biden a partial blow, blocking enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that mandated companies with greater than 100 staff require staff to be vaccinated towards COVID-19.

But Psaki struck a extra optimistic tone concerning the information, noting that the president’s rule requiring sure well being care staff to be vaccinated was allowed to remain in place whereas touting the administration’s efforts to persuade giant firms to voluntarily require their staff to be vaccinated.

“We’ll be calling on and we’ll continue to call on businesses to immediately join us those who have already stepped up, including one-third of Fortune 100 companies, to institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers and communities,” she mentioned.

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The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington.

The Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington.
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Psaki’s feedback have been echoed by the president in a statement shortly after the ruling Thursday, with Biden saying that he’s “disappointed” within the Supreme Court’s choice however nonetheless encourages states and particular person employers to mandate the vaccine.

“The Court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure, but that does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy,” Biden mentioned.

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