FREE: Order up to four COVID-19 home tests
The US government quietly launched its website for people to order COVID-19 home tests on Tuesday, a day before the official launch.
The COVIDTests.gov site includes a link to a form administered by the Postal Service. Each housing unit will be allowed to order a maximum of four tests, which will be sent by the Postal Service.
It is the latest attempt by the Biden administration to deal with criticism over long lines and lack of testing at a time when coronavirus cases due to the contagious omicron variant are soaring.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, reported that the site is in a “test stage” and operating “with limited capacity” before its official operation.
The site will officially go live on Wednesday morning, Psaki said.
He added that it is possible that there is “one or another failure”, but that the government has experts available to solve any problem.
Biden announced last month that the United States would purchase 500 million home tests to kick off the program, and last Thursday indicated that number would double to 1 billion.
Authorities have emphasized that the website is just one of the ways tests can be obtained, and shortages of such materials have been dissipating in stores.
Since Saturday, insurers have been ordered to cover the cost of home tests, for which citizens can be reimbursed for the equipment they buy at pharmacies or other businesses. Companies can cover a maximum of eight tests per month.