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The White House plans to work with the U.S. Postal Service to send 500 million home coronavirus tests to Americans in the coming weeks to address a shortage of test kits amid the recent wave of omicron, report says .
Officials hope to start shipping tests within a month; they will be sent to people who request them on a government website that has yet to launch, The Washington Post reported, citing four sources who spoke on condition of anonymity when the program was formalized.
The plan has yet to be officially announced. Confirmation could arrive as early as next week, a source told the newspaper.
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The Biden administration awarded its first testing contract to a manufacturer on Thursday, but the name of the company was not released.
The Postal Service may ask its 40,000 seasonal workers to stay on to help distribute the tests, according to the Post.
Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters in a briefing Wednesday that the test kits will start shipping to the federal government in about a week and that Americans who buy the test kits will start shipping to the federal government in about a week. test may also soon be reimbursed for the cost by their Insurance.
The new omicron variant has caused a surge in cases across the country, which coincided with the crash of vacation trips across the country which returned to a level of normalcy after most people stayed behind. house during Christmas 2020.
The plan is falling into place as lines for getting tested begin to expand across the country, according to the To post.
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New school guidelines from the administration allowing students who test negative after being exposed to stay in class also increase the demand for testing, The New York Times reported.