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Biden promotes COVID-19 plan that includes free at-home tests and new travel rules

WASHINGTON – Tighter travel rules, free at-home tests, and booster shots are key elements of President Joe Biden's latest strategy to combat the rapidly evolving coronavirus.

Biden said his plan to get through the winter months, which he promoted during a visit to the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, is one that "all Americans hopefully can rally around."

"My plan I’m announcing today pulls no punches in the fight against COVID-19," Biden said. "It's a plan that I think should unite us."

Biden emphasized that he was not expanding or adding vaccination requirements as the federal courts review his previously announced rules for health care workers and employees of larger companies.

He nodded briefly to efforts by some congressional Republicans to halt federal spending unless Biden repeals the vaccination requirements.

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