The White House announced via teleconference that a web page to supply free at-home tests will be launched Wednesday, Jan. 19, as part of an overall strategy to make COVID tests available for millions of Americans.
Half a billion rapid tests have been granted an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and will be available for order and distribution through the official web page COVIDTests.gov
The Hill reported that the official page went live Tuesday, Jan. 18, but is still in the testing mode or ‘beta phase’ until Wednesday morning, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Shipping time will be about 7 to 12 days after the order is placed through the U.S. Postal Service and each address will be able to receive no more than four tests, so as to ensure broad access to the program.
Public health experts and the CDC recommends these type of tests in the following situations: “First, if they begin to have symptoms consistent with COVID; second, at least five days after close contact with someone who has COVID; and third, if someone is gathering indoors with a group of people who are at risk of severe disease or are unvaccinated.”
Also, as part of the testing strategy, last Saturday, Jan 15, it was announced that private health insurers will have to provide up to eight at-home COVID tests per month per person.