Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing
President Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. should have done more COVID-19 testing earlier on during his first year in office.
Why it matters: The administration has faced criticism for the timing of the free tests that it distributed. A widespread shortage impacted millions across the country during the holidays as Omicron cases surged.
What he's saying: "Should we have done more testing earlier? Yes," he said during a news briefing from the White House.
- "But we're doing more now," he added. "We've gone from zero at-home tests a year ago to 375 million tests on the market in just this month."
The big picture: Biden has launched an initiative that allows each household to obtain up to four free tests.