As part of a White House plan, the Pentagon will purchase 550 million COVID-19 tests.

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As part of a White House plan, the Pentagon will purchase 550 million COVID-19 tests.

The Pentagon revealed on Friday that it has granted six contracts totaling $2.78 billion to health facilities, nursing homes, colleges, and universities to furnish millions of COVID-19 test kits.

As part of a White House program, the Defense Logistics Agency granted contracts to acquire 150 million at-home testing and 400 million point-of-care tests. The Biden administration said on September 9 that it will deliver the testing to federally approved facilities on a regular basis for a year.

“These test kits will be used across the country in the fight against COVID-19,” said DLA troop support medical director of customer operations Daniel Keefe. “A truly incredible effort by the grantees as they collaborate with DLA, HHS, and other federal agencies to deliver this critical product.”

Army Brig. Gen. Eric P. Shirley, DLA troop support commander, said, “I’m very proud of the effort our DLA Troop Support Medical Supply Chain personnel contributed in making these COVID-19 testing awards… helping [Department of Defense] and whole-of-government partners.”

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