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Free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests available for order Jan. 19, White House says

At-home COVID-19 tests kits sit on a table before being handed out at a distribution site, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer) David Dermer/AP

Free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests available for order Jan. 19, White House says

Luke Gentile January 14, 05:54 PMJanuary 14, 05:58 PM

Free rapid at-home COVID-19 tests will be available for online order beginning Jan. 19, according to a White House announcement shared with the Washington Examiner on Friday.

President Joe Biden’s administration purchased the 500 million rapid tests in December, and this move makes them available — with limitations.

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A maximum of four tests will be limited to each residential address, and tests will take seven to 12 days to ship after they are ordered, according to the White House.

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“To help ensure Americans have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to give to Americans for free. A half-billion tests will be available for order on Jan. 19 and will be mailed directly to American households,” the White House fact sheet reads.

Tests will be ordered through COVIDTests.gov, which will be activated Jan. 19, and the U.S. Postal Service is reportedly working with the White House to deliver the tests.

The White House has faced harsh criticism regarding its ability to supply people’s demand for tests, and many health experts have said Biden should have supplied the tests prior to the omicron surge, according to The Hill.

Along with the 500 million tests becoming available for order Jan. 19, another 500 million are available to be distributed in the future, the White House said.

New free federal testing sites will be set up to help states and communities battling the omicron surge, while private insurance companies will be required to cover at-home tests, the fact sheet reads.

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“The announcements made today and earlier this week build on this work and will further ensure all Americans have equitable access to free testing,” the White House said.

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