(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread.
More than 706,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Just 65.6% of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the CDC.
-LA passes vaccine mandate for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, malls and more
-White House to announce $1 billion purchase of rapid at-home tests
-More Americans died of COVID this year than all of 2020
-Fauci: Caution still needed this holiday season
Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern.
Oct 06, 5:59 pm
New rapid test to cost less than $10
The planned retail cost for the newly approved over-the-counter rapid home COVID-19 test, “Flowflex,” will be “less than $10 per test,” White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said at Wednesday’s briefing
ACON, the manufacturers of Flowflex, confirmed with ABC News that the White House’s statement is in line with their current estimated pricing.
The company told ABC News their goal when creating the at-home test was to make it, “more accessible and more affordable than the other over-the-counter tests in the market.”
By comparison the two rapid test kits currently out on the market –Abbott’s BinaxNow and Quidel’s Quickvue– each retail for $23.99.
Both BinaxNow and Quickvue kits come two tests, so that a person can test themselves twice over the course of a couple days. That means each individual test costs around $12 each.
-ABC News’ Sasha Pezenik
Oct 06, 2:44 pm
Canada mandating vaccines for travel within the country
Vaccinations will be mandatory for plane and train travel within Canada for people 12 and older at the end of November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.
Trudeau also announced that federal workers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 29.
About 82% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated.
ABC News’ Christine Theodorou
Oct 06, 1:45 pm
LA passes vaccine mandate for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, malls and more
Los Angeles’ city council passed an ordinance requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, malls, entertainment venues and personal care establishments. Grocery stores and pharmacies are not included.
The ordinance passed with 11 votes, short of the 12 votes need to pass with an urgency clause allowing it to take effect immediately. The mandate will go into effect Nov. 4
ABC News’ Kaylee Hartung
Oct 06, 11:21 am
Nurse Sandra Lindsay, 1st to get vaccine in US, gets booster
New York nurse Sandra Lindsay, the first person in the U.S. to get a COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial, received her Pfizer booster dose Wednesday at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.
Lindsay was joined by other health care workers who also got their first shots in December.
Oct 06, 10:55 am
White House to announce $1 billion purchase of rapid at-home tests
The Biden administration is set to announce Wednesday that it’s buying another $1 billion of rapid at-home tests, on top of the $2 billion investment in September.
White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients is expected to make the announcement at the afternoon COVID-19 briefing.
With this new purchase, combined with September’s investment and the FDA approval of the ACON rapid test money, the White House says the U.S. is now on track to quadruple the number of rapid at-home tests available to Americans in December.
A White House official emphasized that this is not just about more tests on the market, but more affordable tests on the market.
ABC News’ Karen Travers
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