In an effort to get Americans COVID-19 tests at home, the Whitehouse has created a website to streamline the ordering and delivery process.
This is the third of President Joe Biden’s authorization of free COVID-19 test kits sent directly to American families.
At the website, Covidtests.gov, Americans can place their order for the tests, with no credit card required.
Since President Biden’s commitment in January to make available 1 billion free at-home COVID-19 tests to Americans (half to be delivered through the website), more than 70 million U.S. families have received over 350 million COVID-19 test kits, according to apress release from The White House.
Funds for the effort come from the American Rescue Plan, passed in 2021. The White House encourages people with trouble accessing the internet, to call 1-800-232-0233 for help placing an order. The line is open from 8AM EST until midnight, 7 days a week.
In 2020, Bill Gates had begun delivering at-home COVID-19 tests to U.S. citizens with authorization from Seattle, (WA) and King County public health departments. The effort was halted by the Federal Drug Administration citing the program lacked federal authorization, according to The New York TImes.
Covidtests.gov has been operating since January, 2022. Research from 2020, published by the National Institute of Health (NIH), probed geographic areas with higher climate and its link to COVID-19 cases and their severity. The study found that areas within colder latitudes suffered for COVID-19 cases and virus related deaths.
The White House notes that orders for free COVID-19 tests ordered at covidtests.gov, should arrive to U.S. households within 7-12 days, after placing the order.