CVS and Walgreens to limit the purchase of home Covid tests

The rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant ahead of the holiday has triggered the increase – and there has been anecdotal evidence over the past week of test deficiencies in stores across the country.

CVS Health acknowledged in a statement on Tuesday that tests may be temporarily sold out in their stores.

“To ensure fair access to tests both in-store and digitally, we have added a limit of six test sets per purchase,” the company said.

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CVS has more than 9,900 stores across the United States, although last month it announced that nearly 10% will be closed over the next three years.

“We are committed to providing families with protection and security during the holidays, and we continue to offer access to laboratory-based tests with results available in 1-2 days or rapid covid-19 tests,” the statement said.

Walgreens said it limits in-store and online purchases of home tests to four each time “because of the incredible demand for quick home testing,” according to a statement Tuesday.

“We urge our customers to be patient and understanding as we continue to navigate the evolving pandemic environment,” said Walgreens President John Standley.

As of August 31, 2020, Walgreens has in excess of 9,000 stores, according to the company.
On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced the purchase of half a billion home rapid tests, which will be made available next month and will reach Americans by mail.

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