White House, USPS wrapping up plans to ship COVID-19 test kits nationwide

The White House and the U.S. Postal Service are finalizing plans to deliver 500 million COVID-19 test kits to households nationwide, according to a published report.

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The Washington Post, quoting four anonymous sources, said the move would help kick-start a key part of President Joe Biden’s response to the omicron variant.

According to the newspaper, the administration will launch a website that will allow people to request the rapid tests. Officials are hoping to begin shipping the test kits by mid-January, the Post reported.

Test manufacturers and distributors seeking to provide a share of the tests have submitted proposals to the government, the newspaper reported. According to one of the anonymous sources, the administration awarded its first contract toward the purchase.

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An official announcement could be made as early as next week, the Post reported.

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