The Biden administration is announcing more federal funding to expand Covid-19 testing in different sectors and "better prepare for the threat of variants."
President Biden said his administration will invest:
- $650 million in federal funding for Covid-19 testing for schools and underserved populations
- $815 million for domestic manufacturing of testing supplies
- Nearly $200 million toward genome sequencing.
Health and Human Services will establish "regional coordinating centers" to organize the distribution of testing supplies and "partner with laboratories across the country, including universities and commercial labs, to collect specimens, perform tests, and report results to the relevant public health agencies," according to a White House statement on the funding.
The statement noted that often testing can "be hard to implement in non-medical settings or it can be hard for schools or other congregate settings to find the right partner to make testing work."