‘It’s not even funny anymore’: Biden’s announcement of new testing plan a disaster on many levels

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President Biden ordered health officials in a garbled speech given on Thursday to purchase and distribute an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests for free due to the Omicron variant surging across the nation in a move that many Americans see as doomed to failure.

Biden has already allocated 500 million free COVID tests and now he’s doubling down on the plan while advising people to Google where they can get them.

The Department of Defense, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the massive $51.6 million contract to Goldbelt Security, LLC, in Newport News, Virginia, for the delivery of over-the-counter COVID test kits. The Defense Department is stating that the procurement was funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.

“We’re seeing a real improvement in testing,” Biden proclaimed, asserting that his administration has made a “huge leap” in testing in January and that they are “on track” to unveil their website later this month. Americans will allegedly be able to order free testing kits from the site and have them delivered to their homes.

Biden’s announcement does not seem to be inspiring confidence in the American people.

“We’ll continue to work with the retailers online to increase availability,” the President stated. “And for those who want an immediate test, we continue to add FEMA testing sites so that there are more free in-person testing sites.”

Biden told those with insurance that they would be reimbursed for eight tests a month – that means that they have to shell out the money for the expensive tests upfront. Those without insurance were advised to find one of the 20,000 free testing sites across the country.

The President sat with his back to the press pool and announced his plan to distribute free high-quality masks during his speech. He said it was the “patriotic duty” of Americans to wear their masks in response to record-high numbers of COVID cases caused by the Omicron variant.

“Mr. President, do you have a message for vaccinated Americans who are wondering why they should continue to restrict their activities given your health officials say most Americans will get COVID at some point?” one reporter asked as they were herded out of the room according to the New York Post.

“Folks, we’ll talk about that later,” Biden responded. “Come on, let’s go.”

“Why should Americans trust your administration to beat COVID when the virus is still here, sir?” a second reporter inquired, alluding to Biden’s 2020 campaign promise to “shut down the virus.”

A third reporter yelled, “Mr. President, do you believe Omicron is the beginning of the end of this pandemic?”

A fourth reporter suggested to Biden, “Maybe a press conference soon, Mr. President? We’d look forward to that.”

Many had trouble understanding what Biden was trying to say during his speech and it appeared he was having trouble speaking as well.

Biden was mocked and ridiculed for the rollout.

“Where are the COVID tests, @JoeBiden @POTUS? Biden promised tests by the holidays, and he didn’t deliver. He promised them by the “beginning of January,” and still no tests,” GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted.

“Biden failed to order enough treatments and tests, and somehow claims that’s the “right track” on COVID? If Biden followed his own standard, he would resign,” she also snarked.

“even if Biden mailed everyone free tests and masks today, why didn’t he do it a year ago? why did he tell ppl to stop wearing masks in [J]uly?” one person on Twitter asked.

“Biden announces plans to offer free masks and purchase 500 million more COVID-19 tests. After a year in office, is this the best we get from the man who promised to “shut down the virus?” another commented.

Others piled on criticizing what they see as yet another boondoggle by the President as well as doubting his mental acuity:


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