Joe Biden claims to make ‘bit of progress’ on COVID test crisis

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President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that he made “a bit of progress” on plans to mass-distribute COVID-19 rapid tests as the nation records a record-high rate of new cases amid a shortage of tests.

Biden made the vaguely reassuring remark as he took his new puppy Commander to the beach near his Delaware vacation home.

The president said he was on the phone most of the day to discuss a plan to make 500 million at-home rapid tests available to Americans via direct order to address the spike in infections caused by the Omicron variant.

Key details of the program, which was unveiled last week, remain unknown. For example, it is unclear how many tests each household will be allowed to request. Nor is it known how quickly they will be mailed or…

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