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Free at-home COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government are now available to order


The U.S. Postal Service has launched its website for ordering free at-home COVID-19 test kits a day earlier than expected.

The launch of the free test kits was initially scheduled for Wednesday, which allows residential households in the U.S. to order four free at-home kits. The form for ordering went live on Tuesday morning, however.

The kits are limited to one order per address. Each order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. They ship for free starting in late January.

USPS only requires users to enter their name and the address where the kits will be shipped. According to the White House, tests typically ship within 7-12 days of ordering through the USPS.

At-home tests have been difficult to receive for several weeks as stores and pharmacies have endured long backorders and unknown restock dates.

President Joe Biden announced last week that the administration was purchasing one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests. The Biden Administration also said it would make “high-quality” masks available for free.

— Aron Yohannes; @aronyohannes

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