White House says 380 million of an initial order of 500M COVID-19 tests have been procured

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the federal government has obtained 380 million of the 500 million COVID-19 tests President Biden promised to deliver to Americans for free.

“Now we’re at the point where we have procured about 380 million of these tests,” Psaki said during Thursday’s press briefing. “We feel we’re making very strong progress.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

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Psaki’s comments come after Biden announced earlier Thursday that he has ordered the purchase of 500 million additional tests on top of the half a billion that are already in the process of being purchased, saying that his administration has made great progress tackling a nationwide test shortage in January.

“We’re seeing a real improvement in testing,” Biden said, adding that a planned website Americans will be able to use to order the tests is “on track” to go live later this month.

“We’ll continue to work with the retailers online to increase availability,” Biden said. “And for those who want an immediate test, we continue to add FEMA testing sites so that there

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