Free federal COVID-19 tests available again
Free federal COVID-19 tests available again

Free federal COVID-19 tests available again

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More free at home COVID-19 tests are available from the government.

In a Twitter video, President Biden announced it on Monday.

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“Today I would like you to know that if you have already ordered a free test, you can now order another round, sent directly to your home and for free, so we are prepared, no matter what COVID-19 brings, ” he said .

The tests are available from the federal website at COVIDtests.gov.

Each household can order a total of eight tests. If four had already been ordered in January when the program was launched, another order for four more could be placed.

Biden first discussed the move in his State of the Union address last week, as well as the “Test to Treat” initiative, which aims to ensure that people can be tested at a pharmacy and receive antiviral pills on the spot at no cost, if they are positive.

“And if Congress providing the funds we need, we will have new stocks of tests, masks and pills ready if needed, “he said.

Nearly half of the 500 million free tests that the administration made available to the public remained unannounced in late February.

That White House said at the time that Americans had placed 68 million orders for packages of tests, leaving about 46% of the inventory of tests still orderable.

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“We fully intend to maintain this market,” said Dr. Tom Inglesby, Test Advisor for the COVID-19 Response Team, to the Associated Press. “We know the market is volatile and will come up and down with increases in variants.”

NPR reported that some tests were not sent within the seven-to-12-day period that had been promised because the administration was waiting for the manufacturers.

This time, Inglesby told the store that there is a “fairly significant stock of new tests” that will be “shipped immediately.”

The administration was subject criticism in December and January, when the highly transferable omicron variant rose sharply and tests remained sparse.

The websites of the federal and US postal services began accepts orders in mid-January.

The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has dropped since then, and public health leaders and the White House are hoping to enter a new phase of pandemic response.

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The White House has requested $ 22.5 billion in additional funding from Congress.

Some of that money would go to buy rapid tests – both to keep the industry viable and to fill the country’s strategic reserves.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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