The White House and the U.S. Postal Service are “finalizing” a plan to send free COVID-19 tests to Americans in their homes, according to a new report Washington Post which cites anonymous sources. But a website where people will be able to request free tests has not yet been announced and its absence does not instill confidence that President Joe Biden can really do it.
The Biden administration announced on December 21 that it has plans to send Americans 500 million free tests on covid-19, in response to intense feedback when White House press secretary Jen Psaki ridiculed the idea of sending free tests in just a few weeks earlier.
Psaki’s indignant the question, “should we send one to every American?” became a depressing symbol of President Biden’s failure to control a deteriorating pandemic, especially at a time when other rich countries they have already sent free quick tests. The White House has changed course, but has yet to prove that it can effectively provide basic public health services, instead of catching up often instead of being proactive about the covid-19 threat.
The White House awarded its first contract to test the manufacturer on Thursday, according to the Washington Post, and the announcement on how to get free tests is likely to happen next week. But there is still no word on which domain could be used for people to request free tests. Choosing a domain will likely determine how easy it will be for fraudsters to mimic a page and steal information from millions of Americans who are likely to struggle to gain access.
One of the problems currently hindering the implementation of the White House strategy on free tests is securing enough staff at the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the tests. The USPS is reportedly working to extend the contract for its seasonal workforce, with about 40,000 people hired to cover the hectic season of the winter holidays. The post office delivered about 13.2 billion pieces of mail and packages between Thanksgiving and the New Year, according to the Post. And adding 500 million free tests is a bit like adding another Christmas rush hour in January.
The U.S. reported 763,878 new cases of covid-19 on Thursday, according to BNO Newsroom, with three states failing to contribute their daily reports. The country also reported 1,797 new deaths, with 126,166 Americans currently in the hospital with covid-19. Deaths have plateaued but hospitalizations continue to rise as infections become more and more common with the omicron variant. Hospitalizations in the U.S. were up 6,618 from Wednesday.
Americans are toughing it out during this omicron phase of the pandemic without the financial support that came in 2020. And even though Republicans nojufer against giving any money to the average man, the average voter doesn’t think about it. Most people know they got $ 2,000 when Donald Trump was president and only encouraging words of support from Biden.
When can you expect to see these free tests in the mail? It’s still in the air, but hopefully the Biden administration won’t screw this up.