Trump announces distribution of 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests

by Peter Heck · Sep 29th, 2020 8:25 am

Last Updated Sep 30th, 2020 at 2:59 am

President Trump announced Monday plans to distribute 150 million rapid-response coronavirus tests. The tests, produced by Abbott Laboratories, offers results in just 15 minutes.

The government will first target the most vulnerable communities, sending 18 million tests to nursing homes, 15 million to assisted living centers, 10 million to hospice organizations, and 1 million to historically black colleges and tribal nations. The nearly 100 million remaining tests will be sent to states focusing on economic and educational reopening.

"In the old days when we just started this, you remember, we'd go out and we'd have to find these massive laboratories with tremendously expensive equipment," the president said. "Now, we're down to something that you'll see that is really from a different planet."

The distribution of the tests is already underway, with 6.5 million being sent to states this week. Governors have the discretion in how and when they become available to the public.

The tests are intended to be administered by a healthcare provider rather than at home.


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