As the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to add to the daily case counts across the country, Americans scrambled to find testing solutions, including at clinics and more conveniently, at-home rapid tests that could be purchased from a local drugstore.
Unfortunately, retailers across the country quickly sold out of tests and left Americans curious as to why the Biden administration’s plan to provide at-home tests for everyone is seemingly delayed. According to Fox News, President Joe Biden and his White House will have questions to answer this week, because as it turns out, they reportedly turned down a plan in October that could have avoided such a testing crisis.
Biden and his spokespeople, last week, faced a number of tough questions from multiple media outlets as to why the administration wasn’t prepared in the form of having tests available for Americans to use before the holiday season when they truly needed them.
In a bombshell revelation, the White House apparently punted a plan put together by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the COVID Collaborative, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other organizations that would have added a staggering 730 million at-home tests to the market that would have bolstered the supply.
Why’d they do it?
In October, the White House likely wasn’t as concerned about COVID-19 as it now is, given that case counts had only risen minimally after a relatively calm summer. The group presented the plan to the White House to bolster supplies of at-home tests, but the White House turned it down within three days.
Reportedly, the decision was made to turn down the plan as the White House decided to stick with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process for such tests, as only a few were approved for home use.
But now with the current skyrocketing rise in case counts, which has once again thrown the nation into a state of confusion and extended lockdowns and other restrictions, the White House is presumably regretting the decision.
Biden promised last week during a speech to the nation that his administration would have 500 million free at-home tests kits available for the American public, however, the website to order the tests won’t even be live until an undetermined date in January, far ahead of what’s needed at the current moment.
Interestingly, during an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Biden admitted that he dropped the ball, saying, “I wish I had thought about ordering a half a billion [tests] two months ago, before COVID hit here.”
Psaki scoffed at the idea
Earlier this year, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked by White House reporters if the administration had plans to offer at-home tests to every American. Psaki clearly didn’t like the question, as she quickly dismissed it as if the reporter was a complete idiot.
“Should we just send one to every American?” Psaki snapped back. “Then what happens if you—if every American has one test? How much does that cost, and then what happens after that?”
For all of the criticism this administration has leveled at former President Donald Trump over his handling of the pandemic, the Biden admin is looking more hypocritical by the hour, as the crisis continues and they continue to fail to get a grasp on it.