The new website will go live with capabilities for Americans to order up to four free, at-home rapid tests per residential address on Jan. 19.
When asked about the new website (COVIDtests.gov) during a White House call with reporters on Friday, a senior administration official said that the administration is “ready for this and we’re ready for America to start ordering their tests on January 19.”
The U.S. Digital Service and the Postal Service are pitching in on the effort.
“We didn’t start from scratch,” the official said. “The Postal Service is an important partner here. They already have a website that does sell to the public and has for quite some time.” Additionally, USDS has been “supporting the USPS in helping, partnering to ensure that we’re ready for a successful launch at this critical moment,” the official said.
When asked about the White House’s confidence that the website would withstand demand, the senior administration official said “we are taking the website launch very seriously.”