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White House to buy 500M more Covid tests, deploy federal medical teams

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to buy 500 million additional Covid tests, is working to make free masks more widely available, and will deploy more federal medical teams to hospitals in six states to help with debilitating staffing shortages amid a surge in hospitalizations.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that the additional tests will be needed to meet future demand and comes on top of the 500 million rapid at-home tests the U.S. is in the process of acquiring to ship to Americans for free. A website to request one of those free at-home tests will be up next week, he said.

Along with the additional tests, Biden said next week he will announce a way to make “high quality masks” available for free. Public health officials have been urging the administration to do more to encourage Americans to wear high-filtration N95 masks, which could significantly reduce the transmission of the highly contagious omicron variant.

“I know we all wish that we could finally be done with wearing masks, I get it,” Biden said. “But they are clearly a really important tool to stop the spread, especially of a highly transmittable omicron version. So please, please wear the mask.”

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