The US reached a grim world record of 1million daily coronavirus cases, and President Joe Biden did not address the 500million at-home tests that remain unsent but urged Americans to get booster vaccines.
A total of 1,082,549 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. That means that nearly one in 100 Americans tested positive, though many of the cases may have been backlogged from New Year’s weekend.
Addressing the nation on Tuesday afternoon before meeting with the White House Covid-19 Response Team, Biden raised a few points. None of the three was an update on the millions of coronavirus tests he promised to send to Americans’ homes.
‘Booster shots work,’ Biden said, adding that they ‘provide the highest level of protection against Omicron’.
More than 70million Americans have received a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine, including two of three eligible seniors, Biden said. There are more than 90,000 free vaccination sites nationwide, he said.
Biden did address testing, but not the at-home test kits.
‘I know this remains frustrating, believe me, it’s frustrating to me, but we’re making improvements,’ he said. ‘In the last two weeks, we’ve stood up federal testing sites all over the country. We’re adding more each and every day. Google “Covid tests near me.”‘
As of Monday, the seven-day average of daily new Covid-19 cases is the US is 480,273, which is the highest figure for any country tracked by Johns Hopkins University.
On Wednesday, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients admitted that the contract for the first at-home tests would not be signed until late this week. It also remains unclear when the government website for Americans to order tests will be launched.
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