Biden administration to $1.6bln for COVID-19 testing in high-risk settings -NBC News

Investments in testing to combat the latest surge in infections in places with low vaccination rates

  
Images used for illustrative purposes. A scientist collects DNA after a PCR (Polymerasy Chain Reaction) to find H5N1 strain of Avian Influenza (AI) at The Molecular Biology Laboratory of Udayana University's School of Veterinary Medicine on November 7, 2006.

Images used for illustrative purposes. A scientist collects DNA after a PCR (Polymerasy Chain Reaction) to find H5N1 strain of Avian Influenza (AI) at The Molecular Biology Laboratory of Udayana University's School of Veterinary Medicine on November 7, 2006.

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WASHINGTON- President Joe Biden's administration will announce on Thursday it is directing $1.6 billion for COVID-19 testing in high-risk settings, such as prisons, according to an official familiar with the plan.

NBC News first reported the administration is accelerating investments in testing as it battles an infections surge in places with low vaccination rates.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Trevor Hunnicutt, Editing by Franklin Paul) ((lisa.lambert@thomsonreuters.com;))


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