Last month, President Joe Biden announced that the government would purchase about 500 million rapid COVID-19 test kits for people to use at home for free. But as public demand for COVID-19 tests continues to rise, it will likely take several weeks for the test kits to ship, White House officials said.
Elsewhere in Washington, health officials reported Friday that more than 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the state since the start of the pandemic. The tragic milestone comes as the region continues to report record daily case counts.
Meanwhile, federal regulators announced Friday that people who received two doses of the Moderna vaccine must wait five months for a booster, not six.
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