After a 100-day deal with the White House, the country’s two largest retailers raised the price to sell a quick COVID-19 test on demand at an expired price.
According to Fox, Walmart has increased the price of BinaxNOW antigen self-test kits by $ 20, while Kroger is selling them at nearly 3,000 U.S. grocery stores for $ 24 because the Omicron option demand continued to exceed supply at a rate of growth across the country. Business.
The sharp rise in prices came after the Biden administration rescinded an agreement with manufacturer Abbott Laboratories on Sept. 9 to offer them for $ 14.
“While the program ended in mid-December and other retailers raised prices in mid-December, Walmart held $ 14.00 during the holidays before raising the price,” a Walmart spokesman said.
“This pricing program has now been discontinued and retail prices have been restored,” Kroger officials said.
There were purchase restrictions at Walmart due to “significant demand” and the BinaxNOW test was not available on the retail giant’s website on Tuesday night.
A few days before Christmas, President Joe Biden announced plans to send 500 million free COVID tests to Americans because his office was blinded by the “almost overnight” rise.
In reaching an agreement with the manufacturers on Tuesday, Biden avoided questions about the plan’s progress as he suggested Americans tell Google where to find tests at home, which he said will be covered by health insurers until next week.
The FDA announced on Tuesday that COVID-19 antigen tests may be less effective in detecting Omicron than previous strains of the virus.