Biden administration launches "one-stop shop" COVID website
President Biden on Wednesday announced the launch of COVID.gov., a website intended to be a "one-stop shop" for COVID resources, including vaccines, tests and masks.
Driving the news: The website includes a tool to help people find locations where they can get tested and receive oral antiviral treatments if needed.
- "The bottom line, no longer will Americans have to scour the internet to find vaccines, treatments, tests or masks, It's all there," Biden said Wednesday.
What he's saying: Biden also urged Congress to secure more funding for the country's COVID-19 response, saying "if we fail to invest, we leave ourselves vulnerable if another wave of the virus hits."
- "We're already seeing the consequences of congressional inaction. Take monoclonal antibodies, for example. They've helped save lives. This isn't partisan, it's medicine. But Congress hasn't provided enough money to keep purchasing these monoclonal antibodies," he said.
- "Congress, please act, you have to act immediately. The consequences of inaction are severe and will only grow with time, but it doesn't have to be that way."
The big picture: Wednesday's announcement builds on a promise Biden made during his State of the Union address, when he said that more than a million doses of Pfizer's antiviral pills will be available this month.
- During the address, Biden announced the "test to treat" program "so people can get tested at a pharmacy, and if they’re positive, receive antiviral pills on the spot at no cost."
- There are currently more than 2,000 test-to-treat locations around the country for the general public, plus more than 240 sites across Veteran’s Health Administration and Department of Defense facilities, according to the White House.
State of play: The new website aims to consolidate many aspects of the Biden administration's COVID-19 response.
- The new website also includes information on COVID community transmission and allow people to order free at-home tests.