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October 08, 2021

Health Law Weekly

Biden Administration to Ramp up Supply of Rapid COVID-19 Tests with Additional $1 Billion Investment

  • October 08, 2021

The Biden Administration is devoting an additional $1 billion to boosting the supply of rapid COVID-19 tests, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said at a briefing on October 6.

The U.S. government has committed to buy an additional 180 million rapid tests over the next year, Zients said.

The additional funding is on top of a $2 billion investment in at-home COVID-19 tests that the administration announced in September.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier in the week authorized a new rapid, at-home test from ACON Laboratories, which Zients said “will bring tens of millions more rapid, at-home tests to the market.”

According to Zients, with the latest announcements, the federal government is on track to quadruple the available supply of at-home, rapid tests by December.