Biden administration makes 8 more free Covid tests available to US households as it calls on Congress to pass additional funding | CNN Politics



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The Biden administration is opening CovidTests.gov for a third round of orders while reiterating its calls for Congress to act on additional funding for the Covid response.

U.S. households can now order “eight additional free at-home tests from COVIDTests.gov, bringing the total number of free tests available to each household since the program began to 16,” the White House said in a fact sheet. information. tuesday. The tests were first made available on Monday.

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The government first launched the website to allow free tests to be ordered in January, and Americans were able to order their second round of tests in March. Over the two rounds, people could order a maximum of four tests per household. This third round doubles that.

The administration has provided about 350 million free tests so far, according to the fact sheet, and that round of testing is being funded with money made available in last year’s stimulus package. The White House has requested $22.5 billion in additional funding for tests, treatments and vaccines, and warned on Tuesday that more tests would not be available without additional spending.

“Due to the inability of Congress to provide additional funding for the national Covid-19 response, the administration cannot continue to make the types of federal investments necessary to maintain national test manufacturing capacity, and this may compromise the ability of the federal government to provide free testing in the future,” the fact sheet says.

The White House has repeatedly warned of the negative effects of the federal Covid response as part of its push for more funding, including what it says are threats to the production of new vaccines. At one point earlier this month, the administration claimed that 100 million infections were possible in the fall and winter, although the White House has not released underlying data to support the projection, which raises questions as to whether political considerations helped shape the figure.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to approve Covid-19 testing for all domestic travelers. Previously, the recommendation to test before domestic travel applied to those who were not up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines.