The 10-page plan, which Vanity Fair has obtained, would enable the U.S. to finally do what many other countries had already done: Put rapid at-home COVID-19 testing into the hands of average citizens, allowing them to screen themselves in real time and thereby help reduce transmission. The plan called for an estimated 732 million tests per month, a number that would require a major ramp-up of manufacturing capacity. It also recommended, right on the first page, a nationwide “Testing Surge to Prevent Holiday COVID Surge.”
A few days later the White House scrubbed the plan:
Three days after the meeting, on October 25, the COVID-19 testing experts—who hailed from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the COVID Collaborative, and several other organizations—received a back channel communication from a White House official. Their big, bold idea for free home tests for all Americans to avoid a holiday surge, they were told, was dead.
As Biden was leaving for the beach Biden was asked, “Why did your administration reject a holiday testing surge in October? Does the buck stop with you there?”
“We didn’t reject it,” Biden replied.
In perfect Clinton fashion, the White claims “the characterization of ‘rejection’ is not an accurate” because they have now decided to implement the plan.
WH claims President Biden told truth when he said ‘we didn’t reject’ October proposal to mass-distribute COVID-19 tests