President Trump announced on Monday the US government would distribute millions of rapid result tests to states this week with the aim of using them to reopen schools and protect care homes.
Trump claims the testing effort would “allow every state on a very regular basis test every teacher who needs it."
“I’m pleased to report we’re announcing our plan to distribute 150 million Abbott point of care tests in the coming weeks,” Trump said in the Rose Garden Monday.
Trump outlined that 100 million of the tests will be sent to states and territories, 50 million tests will go to protect the most vulnerable communities, 18 million will go to nursing homes, 10 million to hospice and home health, and one million for historically black colleges and tribal nation colleges.
Vice President Mike Pence warned, "The American people should anticipate that that cases will rise in the days ahead." He added, "But as we as we more readily identify those who've contracted the corona virus, the American people can be confident. "
Trump wants the tests to help efforts to reopen schools that have been closed due to the pandemic.
Trump shows progress in the battle against coronavirus as he fights for re-election in his Nov. 3 matchup against Democrat Joe Biden. The first presidential debate will be held on Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio.
The US government will send an "overwhelming majority" of the 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests it purchased from Abbott Laboratories in August to governors of states and territories to support school reopenings and other critical tasks, an administration official said at a press briefing earlier this month.
Abbott has said it would scale its production capacity to 50 million tests per month by October and that it could currently produce "tens of millions" of the tests, indicating it will take at least a few months for the tests to be fully distributed to states and territories.
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