President Trump announced yesterday from the White House Rose Garden that his administration is shipping 150 million rapid diagnostic tests to states. The money can be used to test people at K-12 schools, nursing homes, home health-care workers and historically Black colleges and universities, along with however else states want to use it. The administration had previously announced the deal to purchase the tests from Abbott Laboratories but provided more details about where the tests will be directed and how they can be used.
“In the coming weeks this will be more than double the number of tests already performed,” Trump said, noting that around 100 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in the United States since the start of the pandemic.
“The support my administration is providing would allow every state on a regular basis to test every teacher who needs it,” he added.