Amid criticism for widespread shortages, the White House launched a new federal website to increase the accessibility to COVID-19 rapid tests.
Americans can order free tests at covidtests.gov or usps.com/covidtest. The first shipments are slated for the end of January. According to the White House, “tests will typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering.”
The Biden administration says that “to promote broad access,” shipments will initially be limited to four tests per household.
Additionally, the Biden administration has required private insurers to reimburse the cost of up to eight at-home rapid tests per month per insured individual.
According to AP, the White House estimates the cost of purchasing and distributing the first 500 million tests at about $4 billion, funded by the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill Biden signed into law last March.