The United States Government opened the website this Tuesday for citizens to request free covid-19 tests at home a day earlier than announced and when there are two days left for the first anniversary of President Joe Biden in power.
The authorities enabled the COVIDTests.gov portal, where Americans can request the sending of a maximum of four free antigen tests per household, which has already received nearly 800,000 visits, according to data from the Government itself.
The White House reported last week that as of January 19, Americans could begin requesting diagnostic tests, since the Government signed the purchase of at least 420 million of a total of 500 million tests promised for January.
However, the Executive advanced the date and enabled the website this Tuesday, one day before Biden offers a press conference on the occasion of the first anniversary of his inauguration, which will be held on Thursday, January 20.
It is expected that during his speech, Biden will show off his government’s management against the pandemic, despite the fact that the health authorities have received several criticisms in recent weeks for their confusing recommendations on the days of isolation and the use of a mask before the omicron variable.
The Administration promises that shipments will be made within seven to twelve days after the order.
The United States is the country most affected by the pandemic with more than 67 million cases of covid-19 and more than 853,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and the advancement of omicron has triggered pressure on hospitals.
Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, 2020, after winning the election against Donald Trump in November, and after a few tumultuous weeks marked by the violent assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of the former president.
The assault on Congress has marked much of this first year of the Biden administration, in which the president has managed to carry out ambitious economic plans such as the third bailout or his infrastructure project, but has failed to materialize such important commitments as regulation to guarantee the right to vote or police reform, among others.