New federal site will share testing and treatment information

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is launching an online one-stop shop that will allow Americans to quickly find information about COVID vaccines, test treatments and masks, and get up-to-date information about the disease in their area.

The site, COVID.gov, will also include a “test to treat” locator that will help people get to pharmacies and community health centers where they can get tested for COVID and receive treatment.

The site comes as the United States enters a new phase of the pandemic, with a sharp drop in the number of hospitalizations and new cases of COVID. Most states and local governments have dropped their mask mandates.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on the state of the nation’s fight against the pandemic on Wednesday. He is expected to urge Congress to quickly approve $22.5 billion in emergency funding to fight the disease.

Congress removed billions of dollars in pandemic funding from a government spending bill earlier this month.

As a result, the administration says, in the past two weeks alone, it has had to stop reimbursing health care providers for treating uninsured people, cancel monoclonal antibody orders and cut state supplies. , reduce orders for treatments for the immunocompromised, and pull the United States offline for the purchase of future next-generation vaccines and treatments.

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What is the “test to treat” initiative?

In his State of the Union address earlier this month, Biden announced the “test to treat” initiative so that Americans can get tested and receive antiviral treatments in one place.

Since then, the administration has launched sites in more than 2,000 locations, including pharmacy clinics, community health centers and long-term care facilities.

Another 240 sites have been set up at Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense facilities to serve veterans, military personnel and their families.

Other sites will be launched in the coming weeks, the administration said.

Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

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