Feds to spend $1.6B on COVID-19 testing and sequencing

The Biden administration will spend $1.6 billion to ramp up coronavirus testing and sequencing across the country — including $650 million for testing in K-8 schools, it announced Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters during a coronavirus briefing, officials said that while the administration was working to inoculate as many as possible, a “robust testing” operation was needed to further protect public health.

“We need to test broadly and rapidly to turn the tide of…

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