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HHS Investing More Than $12B to Increase COVID-19 Testing

HHS Investing More Than $12B to Increase COVID-19 Testing
A person takes a COVID-19 oral swab test at a pop-up community testing site in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2020. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 12:41 PM

The U.S. government is investing $12.25 billion on ramping up COVID-19 testing in the country to help schools reopen safely, and promote testing equity among high-risk and underserved populations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Wednesday it will provide $10 billion to states to support COVID-19 screening testing for teachers, staff, and students to assist schools resume in-person instruction.

Screening tests are primarily used in asymptomatic populations to determine the likelihood of having or developing a particular disease.

The remaining $2.25 billion HHS investment will be used to scale up testing among high-risk and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups, and people living in rural areas, the U.S. health agency added.

"COVID-19 testing is critical to saving lives and restoring economic activity," HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran said.

The funds will be taken from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was signed into law last week.

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