Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: More COVID tests will be distributed to schools “as early as next week”

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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona advised CBS News that extra COVID-19 tests will be distributed to schools nationwide beginning next week. 

“The tests are being developed, and states are applying now to receive these, to the CDC. So, we do expect next week that they will be out,” Cardona advised “CBS Mornings” co-host Tony Dokoupil.  

The Biden administration introduced Wednesday that it’s planning to make an extra 10 million COVID-19 tests out there every month to schools.

The White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are prioritizing schools when it comes to testing, the schooling secretary stated. 

“We recognize that school are the hubs of the community, that we should not be closing our schools first, as [CDC Director] Dr. Walensky said. It is vital for our students,” he stated.  

Cardona stated they aren’t “requiring tests for everyone to come back in every day,” however he stated efficient mitigation methods ought to proceed to be adopted. 

“We know vaccinations are the best tool we have to fight this Omicron virus and COVID-19 in general. So we must not only provide testing where needed but also make sure that we are increasing our vaccinations across the country,” he stated.

Last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District authorized a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for college kids, at the moment slated to to into impact next fall, as soon as the FDA grants full approval of the vaccine for every age group.

But in accordance to Cardona, “there are some logistical issues” when it comes to faculty districts issuing vaccine mandates, regardless of the clear advantages of accelerating vaccination.

“What we’ve seen across the country is that they [vaccines] work and they are helping reduce disruptions in our schools. In terms of mandating it, I do not know what other, what else you need to help people understand,” he stated. 

Cardona stated he’s involved on the current enhance in hospitalizations of largely unvaccinated COVID sufferers and the influence that it’s having in hospitals.  

“I think we have to really look at that to make sure that we are providing public health safety for everyone,” Cardona stated. 

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