Biden admin to start offering free at-home Covid tests on Jan. 19

Asked if the government could meet the demand once the site was up and running, the senior administration official said the Biden administration was confident “we can meet all of our timelines and get them to all the Americans who want them.”

“We expect the first tests to start at the end of this month, with the remaining tests taking place over the next 60 days,” Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness and Response, Don O’Connell, told the Senate Assistance Committee during Tuesday. Hear the response to the pandemic.

data: Nearly three million Covid-19 test results are logged daily, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. But public health experts caution that this figure does not include the millions of unreported results from at-home tests, which are not frequently shared with public health departments.

A White House spokesperson told POLITICO that the federal government will not put in place new systems for Americans to report free home test results that are distributed outside existing reporting structures.

What then: The Biden administration announced this week that it is procuring an additional 500 million home tests, in a bid to raise total purchases to 1 billion.

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