Vice President Kamala Harris couldn’t definitively say Thursday when 500 million at-home COVID-19 assessments promised by the Biden administration will likely be shipped out to American households — greater than three weeks after the initiative was introduced by President Biden.
“They’ve been ordered. They’ve been ordered,” Harris informed NBC’s “Today” present.
“I have to look at the current information,” the veep added. “I think it’s going to be by next week. But soon, absolutely soon. And it is a matter of urgency for us.”
When requested by interviewer Craig Melvin if the sluggish rollout ought to have occurred sooner, Harris snapped: “We are doing it.”
The Biden administration has thus far failed to supply a set timeline for when Americans may be capable to get their fingers on the thousands and thousands of at-home fast assessments amid the continued Omicron surge.
At one other level within the interview, Harris repeated the administration’s insistence that Americans can simply discover COVID testing websites through the use of the web.
“But Madam Vice President,” Melvin intervened, “the truth that we’re nonetheless telling individuals to Google the place you may get a take a look at –“
“But, but, but come on now,” Harris interrupted. “I mean, really, if you want to figure out how to get across town to some restaurant you heard is great, you usually do Google to figure out where it is. So that’s simply about giving people — right? — a mechanism by which they can locate, something that they need, something that can help them.”
Even although the weeks-old take a look at delivery plan has but to be absolutely rolled out, the White House on Wednesday promised to present 10 million extra COVID-19 assessments per 30 days to varsities.
Kamala Harris referred to as getting the assessments delivered to Americans “a matter of urgency for us.”NBC
That plan includes distributing 5 million fast assessments to varsities and making an extra 5 million PCR assessments out there by way of a Department of Health and Human Services program.
Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, revealed earlier this week that the administration had contracted for simply 50 million take a look at kits thus far out of the five hundred million.
“We anticipate the first tests going out at the end of this month with the remaining tests going out over the next 60 days,” O’Connell informed lawmakers throughout a Senate listening to.
The Biden administration has promised 500 million at-home assessments to Americans.REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Illustration
The administration nonetheless hasn’t launched a web site for individuals to request the fast assessments — and it isn’t clear that the assessments will attain Americans earlier than the variety of Omicron infections hits its peak.
The present seven-day each day common of COVID-19 circumstances within the US has surged to 751,000.
The at-home assessments would assist to fight the present challenge of lengthy strains for assessments, as seen right here in Washington, DC.EVA HAMBACH/AFP by way of Getty Images