White House Covid Test Website Launches A Day Early — Here’s How You Can Order Yours

The website for Americans to order free at- home Covid-19 tests went online Tuesday, one day earlier than expected.

500 million Covid-19 tests are being distributed by the White House.


Americans can order four free tests per household, to be shipped to their homes, by visiting covidtests.gov and requesting their tests through the U.S. Postal Service.

After the tests are ordered, they are expected to arrive within seven to 10 days, with shipments starting in late January and taking one to three days to arrive via USPS.

Americans cannot choose to have fewer than four tests shipped to their address, and only one order can be placed per residential address.

The White House is testing the website ahead of the official launch on Wednesday, Jen Psaki told reporters.

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500 million dollars. The federal government has ordered an additional 500 million Covid-19 tests, though they are shipping out initially.

The key background.

The Biden administration first committed to distributing 500 million free at- home tests to Americans in December, as Covid-19 cases linked to the omicron variant started surging nationwide. The announcement came in response to the criticism that the White House had not made the at- home tests widely available for a low price as other countries had, and Psaki came under fire earlier in December for mocking the suggestion that the federal government could send tests to every American. Private healthcare insurers have been directed to reimburse the cost of eight Covid-19 tests per month, which took effect earlier this week, as a result of the administration's plan to distribute tests through the USPS.

President Joe Biden said last week that the administration is expected to launch a program to distribute higher-quality masks like N95s to Americans.

The White House will start taking orders for free covid tests within days.

The White House plans to make higher-quality masks available.

Biden will provide 500 million at- home tests.

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