Walmart, Kroger raises Covid test prices at home after White House deal expires

Walmart and Kroger raised the price of Abbott’s Covid-19 test kit at home after an agreement with the White House to sell the tests at a reduced price expired, the companies said Tuesday.

The BinaxNOW kit, one of the first home tests approved by the federal government, was listed on Walmart’s website Tuesday for $ 19.88, up from $ 14 last month. Kroger listed the tests for $ 23.99.

President Joe Biden announced the deal with Walmart, Amazon and Kroger in September, saying it was part of his administration’s plan to increase testing and “better detect and control” the coronavirus variant, which then posed the biggest danger – delta.

The three-month deal to sell the tests “at cost” expired last month, just as the new omicron variant began to develop rapidly across the United States

A spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday that unlike other retailers, Walmart continued to sell the product for $ 14 through the holidays.

“We have seen a significant demand for Covid-19 test kits at home and are working closely with our suppliers to meet this demand and get the necessary product for our customers,” she said, adding that inventory has remained stronger in stores than online .

The kits, which include two tests each, were listed as sold out on Walmart and Kroger websites Tuesday.

In a statement, Kroger said it had fulfilled its commitment to the Biden administration and had reinstated “retail prices”.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tests were not available on its website on Tuesday.

The White House could not be reached for comment. Biden said last month that the administration plans to send as many as 500 million free test kits to people who request them via a website – a plan experts have said will require significant upscaling.

Administration officials have said they expect the first batch to be shipped sometime this month.

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