The White House signed contracts to purchase Covid testing and equipment with Hologic Sales and Services, Abbott Molecular Inc., and Biofire Diagnostics LLC. In addition, the Biden administration also signed a contract with Oddball Inc. for advisory on “safety protocols,” the outlet reports.
The Department of Defense (DOD) signed a $1.5 million contract with Hologic Sales and Services for Covid testing services at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, according to the federal spending database. The contract is set to begin on Oct. 1.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signed a $2 million contract with Abbott Molecular Inc. which will provide testing services for viruses that include Covid. This contract is slated to begin on Sept. 22 through Sept. 2024.
The VA also signed a contract that began on Aug. 18 for $1.3 million with Biofire Diagnostics, which will provide "COVID-19 testing reagents and equipment.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs signed an additional contract worth $3.3 million with Oddball Inc. to be advised on "adequate COVID/19 safety protocols” according to the federal database. This contract began on Aug. 14 and is in place through Dept. 2024.
The revelations come amid speculation that the Biden White House will reinstate Covid mandates and lockdowns as health officials warn about a spike in cases and an alleged new Covid variant.
Universities and businesses have started reinstating mask mandates in response to a reported surge in covid cases.
Major Hollywood studio Lionsgate is requiring employees to “wear a medical grade face covering (surgical mask, KN95 or N95) when indoors” after a few employees had tested positive for the virus.
Each employee must also conduct a daily self-screening prior to reporting to work each day.
Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, likewise issued a mask requirement for everyone on campus, citing "reports of positive cases among students in the Atlanta University Center" as the justification.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning last week over the global spread of the new, "highly mutated variant" of the coronavirus known as BA.2.86, according to New York Post. There are still other variants, including the most recent one known as EG.5, or "eris," but no single strain has established itself as the dominant one.
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