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Biden promises free distribution of COVID masks and home tests

US President Joe Biden says he is intensifying the fight against the pandemic, through the distribution of free masks and a total of one billion home tests, while the level of infections from the Omicron variant is increasing.

President Joe Biden says he is responding to the highly contagious Omicron variant by distributing the necessary tools nationwide. On Thursday, he announced that Americans would receive free masks and 500 million home tests, in addition to the 500 million previously announced tests.

This means that almost every person in America will already have three free tests. He added that Americans with health insurance will be reimbursed for eight tests a month.

The current wave, fueled by the Omicron variant, has caused a record level of hospitalizations in the United States and around the world. The new variant was first reported in South Africa, and one of the leading scientists told VOA this month that if the United States wants to end the pandemic, it must think beyond its borders.

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