(Gray News) – The Biden administration has launched a nationwide Test to Treat initiative to enable Americans to quickly access COVID-19 treatments.
In this program, people can be tested by a qualified healthcare provider at a pharmacy-based clinic or local health center. Those who test positive may be prescribed antiviral pills on the spot if appropriate.
People will also continue to be able to be tested and treated by their own healthcare providers, who can appropriately prescribe these oral antiviral drugs at sites where they are distributed.
The program does not require a person to be tested on site so that people can bring results at home to a participating site.
The initiative is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has a direct allocation of antiviral pills to participating clinics, centers and facilities.
“Our mission remains to protect the health and well-being of every American,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Dealing with barriers to tests and treatments remains a priority for us, including ensuring that people can access these tools for free, no matter where they are and even if they do not have health insurance.”
Health experts say vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, but two oral antiviral pills are available to help treat eligible people who become ill.
Participating locations have health clinics in their stores where qualified health care providers can prescribe these COVID-19 therapies to qualified individuals who need them.
A federal Test to Treat site is under development to help people find a test site, with an expected launch in mid-March.
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