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Government again offers free COVID tests for home use

September 20, 2023 – Starting next week, Americans will give you the chance to request 4 free rapid tests for the coronavirus, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.

The tests may be ordered online at covid.gov/tests starting Monday. The tests can detect the newest variants, officials said, and are expected to be in use by the tip of 2023.

The program has shipped greater than 755 million tests to two-thirds of all American households, based on the Health Department's website, and about 310 million have gone to people in underserved communities.

The government stopped sending free tests in June after the general public health emergency led to May. The Washington Post reported.

The HHS also announced Wednesday that it's providing $600 million to 12 test manufacturers to enhance testing availability.

“These important investments will increase our nation’s production of domestic rapid COVID-19 tests for home use and help contain the spread of the virus,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an announcement.

Accordingly The post“Experts say free coronavirus testing has proven to be an effective public health tool because it allows people to check their status before attending large gatherings or spending time with older or medically vulnerable people who are at risk of severe disease even after vaccination. It also allows people to start antiviral treatments in the early days of infection to prevent severe disease.”

The virus has intensified over the summer, and the variety of weekly hospitalizations has increased since July. The week of September 9, the number exceeded 20,500. according to CDC.