WASHINGTON — More free COVID testing, new ways to get COVID drugs, and a plan to rethink how the federal government responds to future outbreaks are all part of President Biden’s strategy to fight COVID.
The President outlined many parts of it during his State of the Union address last night.
On Thursday, its COVID response team announced even more measures it hopes to implement in the future.
STATE OF THE UNION
There was a lot going on in the State of the Union on Tuesday, but perhaps one of the biggest developments had nothing to do with what President Biden said and everything to do with how people looked. things.
People shook hands, few wore masks, hugs took place after the speech.
Crowded political rally shows how far the pandemic has come
“I can’t promise a new variant won’t come, but I can, I can promise you we’ll do everything in our power to be ready if it does,” President Biden told the crowd.
NEW BIDEN PLAN
Just because the world feels more normal doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.
The president announced new efforts to ensure the country does not have to impose strict public health rules again.
Among the changes, households can go to Covidtests.gov again next week and order four more free tests.
The biggest change, however, may be what the Biden administration calls a new “Test to Treat” program.
This will soon allow Americans not only to get tested at their local pharmacy, but also to receive free antiviral drugs as soon as possible.
One million of these drugs should be available this month.
The president’s top health advisers told reporters on Thursday when those locations will be operational.
“Hundreds of one-stop shops will open across the country this month,” said Jeff Zients.
CONGRESSIONAL HELP NEEDED
A major cornerstone of President Biden’s plans for the future involves Congress, with the president seeking billions in new funding in the coming weeks.
What would the money be used for?
The Biden administration wants more vaccines distributed around the world and testing to remain free and available to Americans and school districts.
New resources would also improve how the CDC and other public health agencies handle new variants when they emerge.
“Funding from Congress will be critical to these efforts,” Zients said.
Additionally, the EPA will soon provide a checklist to businesses so that their workplaces can be equipped with the recommended air filtration systems in an effort to prevent future outbreaks.
But what can President Biden actually deliver on what he promised the State of the Union?
When it comes to COVID, policy may change quickly, but there is a bipartisan effort to move through a new round of funding soon.
A matter of staying on controversial government policies, however, such as mandatory masks on planes.
This mandate expires on March 18 and is currently being evaluated by the White House.