Free speedy at-home COVID-19 exams can be obtainable for on-line order starting Jan. 19, in line with a White Home announcement shared with the Washington Examiner on Friday.
President Joe Biden’s administration bought the five hundred million speedy exams in December, and this transfer makes them obtainable — with limitations.
A most of 4 exams can be restricted to every residential handle, and exams will take seven to 12 days to ship after they’re ordered, in line with the White Home.
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“To assist guarantee People have exams readily available if a necessity arises, the Biden administration is buying one billion at-home, speedy COVID-19 exams to present to People totally free. A half-billion exams can be obtainable for order on Jan. 19 and can be mailed on to American households,” the White Home truth sheet reads.
Exams can be ordered by way of COVIDTests.gov, which can be activated Jan. 19, and the U.S. Postal Service is reportedly working with the White Home to ship the exams.
The White Home has confronted harsh criticism relating to its potential to provide individuals’s demand for exams, and lots of well being specialists have stated Biden ought to have provided the exams previous to the omicron surge, in line with The Hill.
Together with the five hundred million exams changing into obtainable for order Jan. 19, one other 500 million can be found to be distributed sooner or later, the White Home stated.
New free federal testing websites can be set as much as assist states and communities battling the omicron surge, whereas personal insurance coverage corporations can be required to cowl at-home exams, the actual fact sheet reads.
“The bulletins made immediately and earlier this week construct on this work and can additional guarantee all People have equitable entry to free testing,” the White Home stated.