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‘The Daily’: A Covid testing crisis, again.

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Despite a bungled start to the United States’ coronavirus testing rollout, by the end of last year, people who needed a test were able to get one.

But when vaccines arrived, the focus shifted. Many vaccinated people felt that they didn’t need tests, and demand took a nosedive. Testing sites were closed or converted into vaccination sites, and Abbott Laboratories, a major test manufacturer, wound up destroying millions of tests.

Now, however, with the surge of the new Omicron variant, demand for testing is back — and is outstripping supply.

This episode of “The Daily” explores where the country is with testing and how the Biden administration can address it.

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