The government of the United States is all set to relaunch a program that will be providing free Covid-19 tests to US citizens, as per the US Department of Health and Human Services.
“We will once again begin our program to provide Americans with an opportunity to request tests,”
Xavier Becerra, the HHS Secretary, said in an event at the Washington CVS Pharmacy, where he got vaccinated against flu and COVID-19.
Starting from 25 September, households in the United States may order four free tests from the website covidtests.gov.
More than 775 million free tests were moved to people who requested them by the US Government through the very same website. To preserve supply, the initiative was suspended back in May after the end of the public health emergency of Covid-19.
“The tests coming available soon are intended for use through the end of 2023 and will include instructions on how to verify extended expiration dates,” HHS said on Wednesday. The expiring dates are also extended from what they are printed on the packages.
“The Biden-Harris Administration, in partnership with domestic manufacturers, has made great strides in addressing vulnerabilities in the U.S. supply chain by reducing our reliance on overseas manufacturing,” Becerra added in his statement. “These critical investments will strengthen our nation’s production levels of domestic at-home COVID-19 rapid tests and help mitigate the spread of the virus.”
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been increasing in the United States since July, with weekly admissions totaling triple more than what they were two months back. More than a total of 20,500 people in the United States were admitted to hospitals by the 9th of September due to COVID-19, which is an 8% high from what it was in the previous week.
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