$10 Billion in Funding for School Screenings to Help Reopening
$2.25 Billion in Screenings to Address Disparities and Advance Equity
New CDC Guidance to Provide Clarity on Screening Testing Approaches
Testing Ramp-Up Is Part of Biden’s Overall Effort to
Increase Testing Nationwide as Vaccinations Increase
As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness - PDF, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to ramp up screening testing to help schools reopen, $2.25 billion to scale up testing in underserved populations, and provide new guidance on asymptomatic screening testing in schools, workplaces, and congregate settings. These measures are part of President Biden’s strategy to increase COVID-19 testing nationwide as vaccinations increase.