President Biden visited the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Thursday, where he laid out his public health strategy for battling COVID-19 this winter.
President Joe Biden: “And it doesn’t include shutdowns or lockdowns, but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testing and a lot more.”
Biden’s plan will require private health insurers to reimburse their customers for the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests. Fifty million tests would be made available to the uninsured for free through health centers and rural clinics.
This comes as hospitalizations and deaths are once again on the rise across the United States, with more than 1,000 U.S. residents dying of COVID-19, on average, each day.