Exclusive-Biden directs U.S. to procure 500 million more COVID tests to meet demand-official

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By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden is directing the U.S. government to procure an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests to help meet surging demand across the country amid the spread of the Omicron variant, a White House official told Reuters on Thursday. The order comes on top of another 500 million tests that the White House pledged would be available to Americans in January. “In addition to the 500 million tests that we are in the process of acquiring, today he is directing his team to procure 500 million more tests – to meet future demand,” the official said, spea…

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