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All You Need to Know About Rapid Covid Test Kits

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Biden to Send 500 Million Free Covid Tests to U.S. Homes
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The emergence of the omicron variant is spurring a scramble for Covid-19 lateral flow tests, to try and ensure safe holiday parties and family gatherings. The U.K. is dealing with a supply crunch for these cheaper, quicker tests  -- known as rapid tests in the U.S. -- after health officials said last week they are as effective at picking up omicron as delta, the previous most infectious strain. 

In the U.S., President Joe Biden said he will deliver 500 million free Covid-19 tests to people’s homes starting next month and dispatch the military to shore up overwhelmed hospitals as the U.S. confronts a resurgent pandemic. New York is already handing out rapid test kits, while Vermont issued a mandate that helps people cover testing costs through their insurers in a move that could soon become a federal requirement.