CVS, Walgreens drop limits on the number of COVID-19 tests customers can purchase

Walgreens and CVS pharmacies have announced that they will remove limits on at-home COVID-19 tests, according to The New York Times.

Representatives from both pharmacy chains told the Times that while they had capped the number of tests customers could buy, an increase in inventory has allowed them to drop the restriction.

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In December, Walgreens limited customers to four tests, while CVS capped the number of tests customers could purchase at six.

In January, the Biden administration announced a program that would send American households four free at-home tests. The tests are being delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reversed its policy and announced that those covered by Medicare will be provided free COVID-19 testing kits by the start of spring. Roughly 60 million Americans are insured by Medicare, a federal health insurance program mainly for those over age 65.

Around 75% of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States occurred in those over age 65 and older.