Biden admin to start offering free at-home Covid tests on Jan. 19

Asked if the government can meet demand once the site goes online, the senior administration official said the Biden administration is confident “that we can all meet our timelines and make them available to any American who wants them.” .

“We expect the first tests to be conducted by the end of this month and the remainder of the tests over the next 60 days,” Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary for Health and Human Services Preparedness and Response, said on a Tuesday before HELP -Senate Committee Hearing on Pandemic Response.

Data: Nearly three million Covid-19 test results are logged every day, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. But public health experts warn that the figure doesn’t include millions of unreported results from home tests that aren’t commonly shared with health departments.

A White House spokesman told POLITICO the federal government will not set up new systems for Americans to report results from the free at-home tests, which are distributed outside of existing reporting structures.

What’s next: The Biden administration announced this week that it is working to procure an additional 500 million home tests, bringing the total procured quantity to 1 billion.

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