President Biden’s strategy to end the pandemic involves a plan for increasing production of quick at-home tests to ensure that they sell quickly in stores and online.
This shortfall is due to the US’s inability to create a large enough home testing market to handle the surge in demand caused both by concerns about the Delta variant and the emergence of infections among unvaccinated persons, according to a Newsy study.
David Perry said that buying the last two packs Abbott’s BinaxNOW test strips at Walgreens in North Oaks (Minnesota) was like trying to get toilet paper during a pandemic.
It is more difficult to find home COVID test results than in other countries. They are also more costly.
Perry stated that it is roughly $50 per round for the family. “It’s a cost I’m willing to pay, but it quickly adds up.”
Although appointments are becoming harder to find, testing by doctors and pharmacists is still available. The self-tests that are done at home produce quick results. CVS restricts the amount of products a customer can purchase at once. Amazon allows brands to be backordered.
This contrasts with other countries that offer many self-tests.
Residents of the United Kingdom have seven rapid tests available each day. Each preschooler in Israel received a home test for free before their first day at school. David Peck sent David Peck a photograph of a bin of German supermarket tests.
Peck can screen himself from his Spain home daily for a cost of less than 4 euros per box, and less than 1 dollar per test.
Peck stated, “It’s just like brushing your teeth in morning.” “You do a COVID, brush your teeth, comb your hair and eat breakfast.
The US has not developed a strong market in over-the counter COVID testing, despite federal health officials stating that they are vital.
“Rapid Home Tests that will allow me to return to work and school,” Tim Manning from the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team Delivery Coordinator, stated during a media briefing.
“Right now, at Delta, it’s the first time you’ve seen real demand for these tests,” said Sara Citrenbaum, a research specialist at rapidtests.org, an all-volunteer group that promotes rapid testing as a tool to fight the coronavirus. “Last year, we couldn’t convince people to use these tests.”
Others encouraged COVID screening even for people without symptoms. They also flooded their markets with billions of home kit purchases, which kept prices low.