September 21, 2023
The federal government plans to make another round of free COVID-19 tests available starting next week.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $600 million investment across U.S. domestic test manufacturers to ensure the next round of free tests is available ahead of the upcoming respiratory illness season.
“These critical investments will strengthen our nation’s production levels of domestic at-home COVID-19 rapid tests and help mitigate the spread of the virus,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
Here’s what you need to know about at-home tests:
The federal government awarded funding to 12 domestic COVID-19 test manufacturers, including $5.7 million to Pennsylvania-based OraSure Technologies.
“Manufacturing COVID-19 tests in the United States strengthens our preparedness for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, reduces our reliance on other countries, and provides good jobs to hardworking Americans,” said Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O’Connell.
Additional information about the federal government’s at-home test program is available online.
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