President Donald Trump announced Monday the federal government will ship 100 million rapid coronavirus tests to states by the end of the year.
“The support my administration is providing would allow every state to on a very regular basis test every teacher who needs it,” Trump said.
The White House said last month that it was buying 150 million of the tests, made by Abbott Laboratories. Each costs $5 and can be analyzed in 15 minutes without the use of laboratory equipment.
The first shipments, totaling 6.5 million tests, will be sent this week, and the amount each state receives will be based on population data. Although governors will be in charge of deciding how to use the rapid tests they receive, Trump and HHS testing czar Brett Giroir encouraged state leaders to deploy the tests to help reopen schools. (Read more from “President Trump Announces Release of 100 Million Rapid Coronavirus Tests” HERE)