White House will conduct free at-home testing through USPS, finalize contracts first

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to ship $500 million for free covid test at home President Joe Biden has promised to make the postal service available to all Americans, and has finalized its first contracts related to tests,

The deputy press secretary said, “We are actively finalizing the details of the delivery mechanism, including a website. I hope we will provide those details next week, and yes, these tests will be sent via mail.” Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Friday. “What I can say is that last night we issued our first letter of award to provide testing towards this half a billion.”

The Biden administration on Thursday finalized the first contract related to the delivery of at-home COVID tests worth $51.6 million to Goldbelt Security in Newport News, Va., which will be funded. american rescue plan passed last spring, the Defense Department said in a statement. The Pentagon did not announce how many tests would be given as part of the contract or how long they would take to arrive.

Friday Night Defense Department second contract announced Revival Health Inc. With a California company called “to purchase 13.3 million over-the-counter COVID-19 testing kits.” The Pentagon did not specify how much would be paid to the company.

Biden announced last month that the federal government would purchase 500 million rapid at-home tests, which anyone can request to send to their home for free via a US government-run website. Administration officials have said the first batch of those tests will go out in January, though it could take months for the federal government to get the total numbers given production estimates by test manufacturers.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this week that a request for proposals to purchase the tests had been turned down several days ago and that the federal government was working to finalize contracts to purchase the tests. She said a website to request tests could be available later this month.

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