Coronavirus / USA: Biden vows to address testing shortage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Monday pledged to address the shortage of COVID-19 tests, as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

“It was difficult to get hold of tests last weekend and it shows that we have some work to do,” said Joe Biden. “We need to do more.”

The US president clarified that actions his administration took included expanding test manufacturing and using the Google search engine to find a place to get tested.

Joe Biden has warned the governors of various US states that some hospitals could be overwhelmed by the number of new cases, especially in areas where the vaccination rate is low.

The US president told reporters he would follow the recommendations of medical experts on whether to reduce the recommended 10-day quarantine period for Americans who test positive for COVID-19.

However, he declined to say whether he was in favor of a vaccination requirement for domestic air travel, another measure being considered by the authorities.

(Reporting Susan Heavey and Trevor Hunnicutt, with Ankur Banerjee and Lisa Shumaker; French version Camille Raynaud)

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