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President Biden says they could have done more regarding COVID-19 testing before Omicron surge

During a press conference on Wednesday, President Biden conceded that his administration could have done more to provide at-home testing to Americans ahead of the omicron surge.

“Should we have done more testing earlier?” Biden said at the White House. “Yes, but we’re doing more now.” The remarks follow similar comments the President made in December, when he said in a virtual governor’s meeting, “It’s not enough. It’s clearly not enough. If we’d have known, we’d have gone harder, quicker if we could have.” 

The press conference marking Biden’s first year in office came during the same week the administration launched a website where Americans can request four free at-home COVID-19 test kits to be shipped to their homes via USPS. The administration has plans to distribute 1 billion COVID-19 test kits to American homes this year.

Critics say the shipment of at-home testing is coming much too late, as the omicron variant has already filled hospitals and closed schools across the country.

The President expressed his determination in the fight against COVID-19 in the address on Wednesday, saying, “COVID-19 is not going to go away immediately,” he added, “but I’m not going to give up and accept things as they are now. Some people may call what’s happening now the new normal, but I call it a job not yet finished. It will get better.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEWS.WTTW.COM

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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