Biden administration to invest $1.6 billion to expand testing in schools, genomic sequencing
The White House COVID-19 response team announced that the Biden administration will invest $1.6 billion to support testing in schools, increase genomic sequencing and manufacture testing supplies.
“We need to test broadly and rapidly to turn the tide of this pandemic,” said Carole Johnson, White House COVID-19 testing coordinator. “But we still don’t have enough testing and we don’t have enough testing in all the places it needs to be.”
$815 million will be used to increase domestic manufacturing of testing supplies, particularly those that are facing a shortage including molded plastics and filter pipette tips, the Biden administration said.
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