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The White House in October rejected a proposal that would have added more than 730 million home COVID tests to the market per month, according to a report released this week.

A plan from top industry experts at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health, COVID Collaborative, Rockefeller Foundation and other organizations, aimed to increase manufacturing capabilities “to prevent COVID Surge vacations.” , Vanity Fair first reported on Thursday.

But the White House rejected the Oct. 22 offer and three days later announced it would seek to bolster rapid home testing through the “FDA regulatory approval process.”

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People wait in a line stretching around the block to receive free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits in Philadelphia on Monday.
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An administration official at the October meeting told the publication the decision was based on the United States “lacking the capacity to manufacture over-the-counter tests on this scale.”

The problem with stepping up home testing was that the FDA had only approved a handful of test kits and the ability to significantly increase the manufacture of the kits would have been limited.

But President Biden’s announcement earlier this week shows a shift in the administration’s priority, as COVID cases are on the rise again across the country.

Beginning in January 2022, the White House will launch a website that will allow Americans to order free home test kits.

The move follows recent shortages of home test kits and long lines to get tested during the holiday season.

“I wish I had thought of ordering half a billion [tests] two months ago, before COVID hit here, ”Biden said in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday.

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President Biden at the White House
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But comments made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this year suggest the administration prematurely rejected the idea.

“Should we send one to every American?” She scoffed at the podium in response to questions about increased access to test kits.

“So what if you – if every American has a test?” How much does it cost, and what happens next? She added.

But following the president’s announcement, Psaki said she regretted his comments.

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Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily White House briefing in Washington, Monday, December 20, 2021.
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“I would say that not a day goes by that I haven’t left this podium and I wish I had said something with more context or more precision or additional information,” she said more early this week.

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“During this briefing, I passed on a lot of information about our testing expansion, about the 50 million tests we were making available, about the 20,000 free test sites,” she continued. “And should I have included that extra context again in this answer?” Yes.

“Coming back, I wish I had done that,” she added.

Fox News was unable to immediately contact the White House for comment.

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