The U.S. government has procured an additional 100 million COVID-19 tests via iHealth Lab Inc. as part of the Biden administration’s plan to distribute millions of free at-home tests across the country.
The White House announced in a statement last month that President Joe Biden’s administration will mail out some 500 million COVID-19 tests, starting in January.
A White House official said the government expects to pay some $4 billion to cover the first 500 million tests promised by Biden.
Meanwhile, additional federal test sites were also set up this month in relation to the plan, as a bid to help “states that need additional testing capacity,” according to the White House.
The increase in testing came after the Biden administration had already spent $130 billion from the American Rescue Plan to keep schools open, plus an additional $10 billion for testing at schools.
Biden announced the new measure after facing criticism that his administration has mainly focused on getting people vaccinated, but hasn’t done enough to encourage mask-wearing and spur testing.