Digital Desk, Washington. The White House has announced that the US government will invest $ 1 billion to conduct rapid Kovid tests in homes.
Jeff Gents, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said in a press briefing on Wednesday that the move would quadruple the number of tests available to Americans by December. This means, with a supply of millions of additional tests coming to market in the next few weeks, we will have a supply of 200 million rapid, home tests per month starting in December, he said. This follows the Food and Drug Administration authorizing the sale of a new antigen test from US-based Akon Laboratories on Monday.
Gents said that authority accelerates this, and we are now on track to triple the number by early November. In addition to at-home testing, the Joe Biden administration is also expanding access to free testing, which has been central to the nation’s COVID response. In early September, Biden also committed to the federal government’s free testing program to expand the number of pharmacies to 10,000 local pharmacies nationwide. Jeans said this has now doubled to a total of 20,000 local pharmacies.
In addition, there are 10,000 other community-based free testing sites available in the country. According to public health experts, the roll out of home tests to 200 million per month was long overdue. The report said the FDA has authorized a number of in-house tests, but experts criticized the agency for not moving fast enough to green light more of them to accelerate the availability of the test.