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Biden Kept His Promise to Increase Covid-Testing Capacity, Even as Demand for Testing Drops  

By Editor - Fri Jun 11, 5:41 am

Promise : “Double the number of drive-through testing sites, invest in next-generation testing, including at home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of magnitude.” Before vaccinations were widely available, covid-19 tests were considered one of the few tools to help control the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why then-candidate Joe Biden promised during the 2020 presidential campaign to boost the United States’ testing capacity as one way he would “beat covid-19.” Specifically, Biden’s campaign website promised that, if elected, he would “double the number of drive-through testing sites” and “invest in next-generation testing, including at-home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of magnitude.” KHN has teamed up with our partners at PolitiFact to analyze Biden’s promises during the 2020 presidential campaign. Now that Biden has been president almost five months, we checked how he has done on this one. Experts say testing capacity has improved. At the same time, testing demand has decreased and part of Biden’s promise — doubling the number of drive-thru testing sites — is harder to pin down. In February, about a month after Biden took office, his administration announced at a news briefing that it would invest more than $1.6 billion in covid testing. These funds would, among other things, expand testing in schools and other congregate settings, increase domestic manufacturing of testing supplies, and help track covid variants via genetic sequencing. Then, Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which successfully passed through both chambers of Congress in March, also allocated funds specifically to expand testing

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Biden Kept His Promise to Increase Covid-Testing Capacity, Even as Demand for Testing Drops

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