Walmart and Kroger raised the price of Abbott's at-home COVID-19 test kit after an agreement with the White House to sell the tests at a reduced price expired, the companies said Tuesday.
The BinaxNOW kits, one of the first at-home tests to be authorized by the federal government, were listed on Walmart's website Tuesday for $19.88, up from $14 last month.
The tests were listed by Kroger for $23.99.
President Joe Biden announced the agreement with Walmart, Amazon and Kroger in September, saying that it was a part of his administration’s plan to ramp up testing and “better detect and control” the coronavirus variant that then posed the greatest danger — delta.
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The three-month agreement to sell the tests “at cost” expired last month, just as the new omicron variant began quickly advancing across the United States.