The New York Times reports:
President Biden will announce new steps on Tuesday to confront a staggering surge in coronavirus cases, including readying 1,000 military medical professionals to help at overburdened hospitals, setting up new federal testing sites, deploying hundreds of federal vaccinators and buying 500 million rapid tests to distribute free to the public.
The measures, outlined to reporters Monday night by two senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, come as coronavirus caseloads are rapidly rising around the country, particularly in the Northeast, fueled by the highly infectious new Omicron variant — just as Americans prepare to gather for Christmas.
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Breaking News: President Biden is set to unveil new steps to fight Omicron, including deploying federal vaccinators and giving out millions of free rapid tests.https://t.co/s4jh80tjSo
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 21, 2021