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Free Covid-19 testing: US government to end at-home testing program this week

Both the White House and the website where people can claim their tests blamed Congress for not providing additional funding for the program, which has provided up to 16 free tests per household since the beginning of the year.

“Requests through this program will be suspended on Friday, September 2, because Congress has not provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s testing stockpile,” he said. covid.gov website read
The administration launched the initiative, which shipped rapid tests to Americans through the US Postal Service, in January amid a wave of Omicron variant cases and limited availability of tests. However, officials have warned for months that, absent additional funding from Congress, the administration would be forced to roll back its Covid-19 response efforts.

“We have warned that congressional action would force unacceptable trade-offs and harm our overall COVID-19 preparedness and response, and that the consequences would likely worsen over time,” the White House official told CNN. “Unfortunately, due to the limited funding we have to work with, we’ve had to make impossible decisions about which tools and programs to invest in, and which ones to scale back, pause, or end altogether.”

Still, the official said the administration would “promptly resume the distribution of free tests through COVIDTests.gov” as long as Congress appropriates additional funding, but “[u]Until then, we believe reserving the remaining proofs for distribution later this year is the best course of action.”

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