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Biden calls COVID-19 testing situation ‘frustrating’, says unvaccinated people should be ‘alarmed’ by omicron

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Biden calls COVID-19 testing situation ‘frustrating’, says unvaccinated people should be ‘alarmed’ by omicron

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President Biden said on Tuesday the COVID-19 testing situation in the United States was “frustrating” but maintained his administration “was making improvements” by creating federal testing sites and putting more rapid home tests available to the public. But he warned the unvaccinated that they should be “alarmed” by the highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

In White House remarks Tuesday following a briefing from its COVID-19 response team, the president said there was “considerable concern and confusion” over the increase in COVID cases -19 across the country.

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“Omicron is a very heritable and heritable variant, but very different from anything we’ve seen before,” Biden said. “You can protect yourself, and you have to protect yourself, quite frankly. Get yourself vaccinated, get boosted. There are plenty of reminders. Wear a mask when you’re in public.”

The president admitted, however, that those who are fully vaccinated and stimulated “can still contract COVID,” but said it was “highly unlikely” that these people would become “seriously ill”.

He warned, however, that those who are not vaccinated “have reason to be alarmed”.

“Many of you, you know, will suffer from serious illness in many cases if you contract COVID-19 if you are not vaccinated,” Biden said. “Some will die, needlessly die. The unvaccinated occupy hospital beds and fill emergency rooms and intensive care units.”

As for testing, the president said the system “remains frustrating”.

“Believe me, it’s frustrating for me,” Biden said. “But we are making improvements.”

The president said that over the past two weeks his administration had set up federal testing sites across the country and added more “every day.” Biden encouraged individuals to “Google ‘COVID Test Near Me’ to find the nearest site where you can get a test more often and for free. ”

Biden also said the increased capacity for in-person testing will reduce queues and make more appointments available.

As for those looking to test at home, Biden said pharmacies and online websites are “restocking,” saying more home tests “will continue to be available.”

The president also announced that next week insurance companies will begin reimbursing individuals for rapid home tests.

“If you’re insured, you can buy the test and get paid for it,” Biden said, adding that many states and local governments “give out free home tests that you can pick up.”

“Just find out where they are,” Biden said.

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The president also added that the federal government will launch a website in January where individuals can request tests to be shipped to their homes for free.

During his remarks, Biden also announced that he had asked health officials to double the US government’s purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill from 10 million to 20 million treatments and planned to accelerate the delivery of these treatments.

The Food and Drug Administration last month granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid-nirmatrelvir and ritonavir tablets – the first oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19.

The Biden administration announced in November its commitment to secure 10 million treatments of Pfizer’s oral antiviral drug Paxlovid, subject to emergency use clearance from the FDA. The administration paid $ 5.295 billion for the first 10 million courses.

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The drug was developed to treat symptomatic outpatient adults diagnosed with COVID-19 who are at increased risk of progressing to serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.

The president again urged individuals to wear masks in public.

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