President Joe Biden said Tuesday that under a new initiative that begins this month, Americans who test positive for Covid-19 can obtain free antiviral medicines at local pharmacies and community health clinics.
“We’re beginning the ‘Test to Treat’ effort, which will enable individuals to get tested at a drugstore and, if positive, receive free antiviral medicines on the spot,” Biden stated during Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
The government plans to open hundreds of locations nationwide this month, including CVS, Walgreens, and Kroger stores, as well as community health clinics, a White House official said. Biden said that Americans may also obtain further free Covid tests next week through the government’s website, covidtests.gov. Each household is entitled to four complimentary Covid tests each order. Beginning next week, families will be restricted to two orders per home address.
The president stated that Pfizer is on track to deliver 1 million courses of Paxlovid, the company’s Covid therapy tablet, this month. During clinical studies, Paxlovid was 89 percent effective at preventing hospitalisation in patients at risk of developing serious illness.
Biden stated that the United States has entered a new phase of the epidemic, with serious disease cases at their lowest level since July. In December and January, the omicron Covid variant wreaked havoc across the country, unleashing an unprecedented surge of infection that brought several hospitals to its knees.
The president stated that the majority of Americans are now safe to go about their daily lives without wearing a mask, as a result of new recommendations provided last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden stated that more of the country will likewise adhere to the CDC’s mask-free instructions in the coming two weeks.
“With 75% of adult Americans completely vaccinated and hospitalizations down 77%, the majority of Americans can safely remove their masks, return to work, remain in class, and move on,” the president stated.
Biden stated that the United States is prepared for new Covid variants and is capable of deploying new vaccinations within 100 days if necessary.
“I cannot guarantee that a new version will not appear. “However, I can assure you that we will do all possible to be prepared if it occurs,” he stated.