The White House said Wednesday the administration is making a dedicated stream of 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests available to schools starting this month. During a briefing Wednesday, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said, "the president is clear, the nation's schools can and should be open, and we have given state and local leaders the resources to ensure they can be open." The goal is to ease supply shortages and promote the safe reopening of schools. The initiative comes after Chicago public schools closed for days amid an impasse between teachers and officials over reopening policies.