The White House and the website where people can claim their tests have accused Congress of failing to provide additional funding for the program, which has provided up to 16 free tests per household since the start of the year.
“We warned that Congressional inaction would force unacceptable compromises and undermine our overall COVID-19 preparedness and response — and the consequences would likely worsen over time,” the White House official said. at CNN. “Unfortunately, due to the limited funding we have to work with, we have had to make impossible choices about which tools and programs to invest in – and which ones to scale back, pause or end all together.”
Still, the official said the administration will “quickly resume distributing free tests through COVIDTests.gov” if and when Congress allocates additional funds, but “[u]Until then, we believe that saving the remaining tests for distribution later this year is the best course of action.”