Sep 21, 2021 - Health
Manufacturers warn COVID rapid test shortages are coming
Manufacturers are warning that the U.S. is, at best, weeks away from the production levels needed for President Biden's plan of mass-scale rapid COVID-19 testing.
The big picture: The U.S. has been far more cautious than places like Britain about embracing rapid, at-home testing, AP notes.
The result: Places like schools are far behind target on testing students, despite $10 billion in federal funds.
- A recent survey of 100 large districts found fewer than 15% required any testing for students.
The bottom line: The reduced-price rapid tests the Biden administration negotiated are still pricey for anything other than one-off use.
- The cheapest test is about $15 for a two-pack after discounts.
Flashback to February: Why we're still waiting for rapid, at-home COVID tests, by Axios Future editor Bryan Walsh