CLOSE At-home testing could transform the fight against the novel coronavirus. USA TODAYPresident Joe Biden seeks to reset the nation’s inconsistent coronavirus testing efforts with a $50 billion plan and more federal oversight.Biden’s plan calls for a newly-created Pandemic Testing Board to coordinate a “clear, unified approach,” to testing for COVID-19, a marked difference from the Trump administration’s policy of states establishing their own plans with federal support.Laboratories have ramped up production to more than 2 million tests each day, but stubborn problems persist. Some labs still struggle to complete timely tests – particularly when demand surges – due to shortages of critical supplies.Public health labs largely are not equipped to detect new coronavirus variants such as ones first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa. And there’s still debate among testing experts on whether wider use of cheaper but less sensitive rapid tests will be the smartest path out of the pandemic.Biden on Thursday issued a flurry of executive orders, from mask mandates on federal property to reopening schools and accelerating vaccine shipments. Fixing the nation’s disparate testing system “will be the most challenging,” of all, said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.Former Centers for

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