March 2, 2022
D.C. News
  • President Biden projected optimism about the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and launched new efforts focused on mental health care and nursing home quality during his State of the Union address. Biden announced a new “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.” He also outlined a new strategy to address the nation’s mental health crisis, including more funding to build up the mental health workforce and new ways of connecting people with the care they need. The White House is planning to unveil its strategy for the next phase of the pandemic response today. (Articles here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here; Fact sheet here)