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Americans can order another round of free at-home Covid-19 tests next week from the US government


WASHINGTON — Americans can order additional free at-home Covid-19 tests provided by the U.S. government starting next week.

“If you have already ordered free tests, tonight I am announcing that you can order another group of tests. Go to Covidtest.gov starting next week and you can get more tests,” the president said. Joe Biden during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. .

In January, the government launched efforts to provide free rapid antigen tests to any household that requests them through this website or by calling 800-232-0233. There was a limit of four tests per residential address.

The website now says every household in the United States can order an additional set of four tests starting next week.

The president had announced in December his intention to make half a billion tests available to Americans by mail, as the Omicron variant surged in the United States.

The Biden administration initially made 500 million free tests available, but fewer than 300 million have been ordered, White House deputy press secretary Kevin Munoz said.

The White House previously said the tests were to be shipped around seven to 12 days after they were requested.

Covid-19 has killed more than 952,000 people and infected around 79.1 million in the United States since January 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“Let’s stop treating COVID as a partisan dividing line and see it for what it is: a horrible disease,” Biden said in a tweet after his announcement. “Let’s stop seeing each other as enemies – and start seeing each other for who we really are: fellow Americans.”

The White House will roll out a new strategy on Wednesday outlining the next phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, two administration officials told CNN, outlining a vision that involves less disruption to daily life while preparing for the potential. unpredictable from another game- change variant.

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