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US to again offer free COVID tests ahead of respiratory virus season

September 21, 2023

Americans will again have an opportunity to receive free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests from the US government, with orders beginning next Monday, September 25, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.

Households will be eligible to receive four free rapid tests that will “detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variant,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in an announcement. The tests, available next week via and expected to start shipping on October 2, are meant to help Americans detect COVID-19 and keep from spreading it for the rest of the year—especially during holiday gatherings.

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