Free COVID test website will be relaunched by federal government


Households can order four free at-home tests, which will ship out next week.

ByCheyenne Haslett
December 15, 2022, 5:00 PM

The Biden administration on Thursday will relaunch its website for ordering free COVID-19 rapid tests.

Each household will be able to order four at-home rapid tests and orders will begin to ship out next week, a senior administration official said in a call with reporters on Wednesday to preview the White House’s winter preparedness plan for the virus.

COVIDTests.Gov had been shut down for about three months, after officials said they needed to hold onto the remaining supply of tests for a potential wave of cases this winter.

The site first launched in January, when President Joe Biden pledged to give out 1 billion free rapid tests to combat the omicron surge.

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But the ordering form was taken offline in September, when the administration said that without more COVID-19 funding from Congress, it couldn’t allow the test supply to diminish any further. Since then, the fight for money has remained in a stalemate, with Republican lawmakers skeptical of its value.