White House unveils new COVID response plan

At the State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Joe Biden said the country can “move forward safely, back to more normal routines.”

The White House released a 96-page updated COVID-19 response plan Wednesday to focus more on treatments and keeping businesses and schools open.

What is the plan? Biden announced Americans can request four more free COVID-19 tests through the administration’s website.

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A “test to treat” program would prescribe Pfizer’s antiviral pills at pharmacies for people who test positive. The plan will also earmark more federal funding for research to produce vaccines and treatments quickly for any future variants.

It includes a checklist to improve ventilation standards and programs to help children who have lost parents to COVID-19.

On Feb. 25, the enters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new mask usage recommendations saying healthy Americans can now safely unmask indoors. 

Locally, COVID-positive hospitalizations are under 100 in Gainesville, but Alachua County remains a high-risk area, according to the CDC. 

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2022, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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