Backgrounder: Biden Administration Announces Americans Can Order Additional Free, Rapid COVID-19 Home Tests at COVIDTests.gov

Today, the Biden administration announces that COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of ordering. U.S. households can now order eight additional free at-home tests on COVIDTests.gov, bringing the total number of free tests available to each household to 16 since the program began. As highly transmissible subvariants of Omicron are driving increased cases in some parts of the country, free and accessible testing will help slow the spread of the virus.

In January 2022, President Biden pledged to make one billion home tests available to the American people free of charge, including half a billion available for ordering on COVIDTests.gov. Since then, more than 70 million households have visited COVIDTests.gov to order home tests that will be mailed directly to them. To date, the administration has delivered approximately 350 million free tests to mailboxes and doorsteps across the country, in U.S. territories and to military bases overseas, with most tests delivered by the US Postal Service within 48 hours of shipment. The third set of available tests was purchased by the federal government earlier this year with funding from the American Rescue Plan.

People who have difficulty accessing the Internet or need additional assistance placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) for assistance in English, Spanish, and over 150 other languages, 8 a.m. to midnight ET, 7 days a week. For more information, people can visit: https://www.covid.gov/tests/faq.

Since January 2021, the Biden administration has taken significant steps and invested resources provided by Congress to significantly increase domestic manufacturing of COVID-19 tests, the number of tests authorized for use in the United States, and the number of places where Americans can get tested, as well as to reduce costs for consumers and increase access to free testing.

COVID-19 testing is an essential tool to help mitigate the spread of the virus, which is why maintaining national testing capacity is a critical part of the President’s national COVID-19 preparedness plan.

Due to Congress’ inability to provide additional funding for the nation’s response to COVID-19, the administration cannot continue to make the kinds of federal investments needed to maintain national test manufacturing capacity, which which could compromise the federal government’s ability to provide free testing in the future. Today’s announcement underscores the administration’s commitment to do everything in its power to ensure that the American people have the vital tools they need, so they are ready for anything. what happens. Congress must step up and act as well.

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