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Americans will be able to request free rapid COVID-19 tests at home

People lining up to get tested in Manhattan, New York, on December 21 (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo/File Photo)
People lining up to get tested in Manhattan, New York, on December 21 (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo/File Photo)

Americans will be able to apply from next Wednesday free COVID-19 testing at a new federal site, where the order will be processed and delivered to your home.

It is a new and ambitious White House attempt to address testing shortages across the country, although the offer will be limited: each household will be able to request up to four tests for free.

The page COVIDTest.gov will provide the rapid tests at no cost from January 19, and will also include the shipping priceJoe Bien’s administration announced Friday.

The Government faced criticism for low supply and long lines for tests, amid a rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant, for which Biden announced last month that he would buy 500 million home tests, which were later doubled to 1 billion tests.

COVID-19 home testing (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Illustration)
COVID-19 home testing (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Illustration)

“Besides 500 million tests we are acquiring, today you have instructed your team to acquire 500 million more tests, to meet future demand,” a White House official said Thursday.

However, the decision likely won’t radically change the testing shortage situation, and Americans will need to plan ahead for their applications.

The White House said that “the tests will be sent between 7 and 12 days after they are requested” through the Postal Service, which averages between 1 and 3 days of delay for its first class shipments in national territory.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC recommend home testing in case of experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms and muscle aches, five days after a possible exposure to the disease, or to comply with protocols of stay in schools and workplaces.

US President Joe Biden announces extraordinary measures in the face of the increase in COVID-19 cases (REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)
US President Joe Biden announces extraordinary measures in the face of the increase in COVID-19 cases (REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)

“Certainly, if you go to gather with family, or if you are attending a gathering where there are immunocompromised or elderly or people who may not be vaccinated or poorly protected, it could be an opportunity to test at home,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, on Wednesday.

The officials emphasized that the federal website is just one of the ways people can get free COVID-19 tests. As of Saturday, private health companies must cover the cost of rapid tests at home, which will allow Americans to receive reimbursement for tests they buy from pharmacies and online retailers. That covers up to eight tests per month.

The White House added that the four-test limit on website orders will apply to each residential address and will apply to the first tranche of 500 million tests.. It estimates the cost of purchasing and distributing the first test block to be $4 billion.

A person is tested for COVID-19 in Manhattan, New York (REUTERS / Carlo Allegri)
A person is tested for COVID-19 in Manhattan, New York (REUTERS / Carlo Allegri)

Biden administration officials told local media they are aware that Any website launch carries some risks –and memories of the disastrous Obama administration launch of Healthcare.gov are still fresh – but they said they believe they are well positioned to handle the expected demand for testing.

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