Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, President Biden revealed during his State of the Union address that people who test positive for COVID-19 at a pharmacy would soon be able to get free antiviral COVID-19 medications right away.
“We’ve ordered more pills than anyone in the world has. Pfizer is working overtime to get us a million pills this month and more than double that next month. And now we’re launching the ‘Test-to-Treat’ initiative. So people can get tested at a pharmacy and, if they prove positive, receive the antiviral pills on the spot at no cost, “Biden said.
“If you’re immunocompromised or have some other vulnerability, we have treatments and free high-quality masks. We’re leaving no one behind or ignoring anyone’s needs as we move forward,”Biden added.
Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molupiravir have been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration as COVID-19 antiviral oral therapies for mild to moderate cases.
The President also stated that starting next week, citizens of the United States will be able to order another pack of free at-home COVID-19 tests. This week, reports said that over half of the 500 million free tests provided to people by the Biden administration have not been claimed.