Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

  • Two health care workers help residents check in at a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Paramount, Calif., on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks,” as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases.