Biden offers 8 additional free COVID-19 tests to the public

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government website for people to request free home COVID-19 tests from the U.S. government is now accepting a third round of orders.

The White House announced on Tuesday that American households can request that eight additional free home tests be shipped by the US Postal Service.

The announcement comes as coronavirus cases are rising again in parts of the country.

President Joe Biden pledged in January to make 1 billion tests available to the public for free, including 500 million available through covidtests.gov. But only 350 million of the amount available for online ordering has been shipped so far to addresses across the continental United States, its territories and overseas military bases, the White House said.

People who are having trouble logging in or need help placing an order can call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Round three brings the total number of free tests available to every US household to 16 since the program began earlier this year. Households were eligible to receive four tests during each of the previous two rounds of ordering through the website.

Biden has asked Congress for an additional $22 billion to buy vaccines and therapeutics to prepare for a fall spike in COVID-19 cases, but lawmakers balked at the price.

The White House warns that the United States could see 100 million new cases of COVID-19 this fall and winter if new funding is not approved. (CNN, ABC)

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Christy J. Olson