Fantastic development. This test is already authorized for home use without a prescription, including in children and people without symptoms. Increasing supply critical to allow people to easily access tests.
The test was authorized in Dec but supplies are limited. The Biden Admin is investing in expanding manufacturing capacity. It will take a while (months, probably) for that to result in more supply available to consumers, but we'll need tests for a long time so still useful.
The ~$30 price point is a little high to keep a few in the bathroom cabinet, but it will be a nice option. Looks like the Federal government will keep some of the supply, will be interesting to see how they are deployed.…
Clarification: NPR reported in Dec that the tests would cost ~$30 (link in previous tweet). I don't know if that will change.

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