The U.S. government plans to invest $10 billion in Covid-19 screening for schools, its latest step to increase testing nationwide and encourage schools to reopen for in-person learning.
The funding, which the Biden administration announced Wednesday, comes from the recently enacted stimulus package.
“Covid-19 testing is critical to saving lives and restoring economic activity,”
acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.
The administration has been encouraging schools to reopen. President
has pledged to help K-8 schools reopen within his first 100 days in office.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has urged schools to safely reopen as soon as possible with mitigation measures in place.
HHS said the CDC will release updated testing guidance that will include recommendations for screening people who don’t show Covid-19 symptoms but may be contagious, a key source of the disease’s spread.
Covid-19 screening can be costly and logistically complex, and schools often need significant resources and support to make it feasible.
An additional $2.25 billion will be allocated to scale up testing and mitigation in underserved communities, the administration said.
—Sabrina Siddiqui contributed to this article.
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