The measures taken by US President Joe Biden to backstop hospitals and distribute coronavirus test kits, are too little, too late to curb a surge of Omicron-related coronavirus cases over Christmas and New Year’s, health experts warned.
The warning comes one day after Biden announced in detail plans to distribute 500 million at-home coronavirus test kits.
Anne Rimoin, a UCLA professor of epidemiology, praised the Democratic president’s focus on testing, but added, “Unfortunately, it’s late in coming and will be a small drop in the bucket compared to the tsunami of cases on the horizon.”
The tests pledged by the White House beginning in January equate to only one or two per US resident. Households need a great deal more to make daily decisions about exposure, Rimoin said.
“We need those tests now,” she said. Testing in the US is behind the curve due to a lack of skilled workers, a shortage…