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White House says 380million of initial order of 500million COVID-18 tests purchased

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the federal government got $ 380 million of the $ 500 million COVID-19[female[feminine testing President Biden promised to deliver free to Americans.

“Now we’re at the point where we’ve purchased around 380 million of these tests,” Psaki said at Thursday’s press conference. “We feel that we are making very big progress.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
(REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)


Psaki’s comments come after Biden announced earlier Thursday that he had ordered the purchase of an additional 500 million tests in addition to the half a billion already being purchased, saying his administration had made great strides in tackle a nationwide testing shortage in January.

“We are seeing real improvement in testing,” Biden said, adding that a planned website Americans can use to order testing is “on track” to go live later this month.

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

President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden.
(AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

The announcement comes the same day the Supreme Court dealt a partial blow to Biden, blocking the application of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that requires companies with more than 100 employees to demand that workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

But Psaki took a more optimistic tone about the news, noting that the president’s rule requiring the vaccination of some healthcare workers was allowed to remain in place while touting the administration’s efforts to convince big business to ” voluntarily require their workers to be vaccinated.

“We will call and continue to call on companies to immediately join with those who have already mobilized, including one-third of Fortune 100 companies, to put in place vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers and communities,” he added. she said.


The Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington.

The Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington.
(AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Psaki’s comments were echoed by the president in a statement shortly after Thursday’s ruling, with Biden saying he was “disappointed” with the Supreme Court’s ruling but still urging states and individual employers to mandate the vaccine.

“The court ruled that my administration cannot use the authority given to it by Congress to demand this measure, but that does not prevent me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do what it takes to protect the health and economy of Americans, “Biden said.

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