Walmart and Kroger are raising the prices for at-home COVID-19 tests after a deal with the Biden administration expired

Walmart and Kroger are raising the prices for at-home COVID-19 tests after a deal with the Biden administration expired
  • Walmart and Kroger are raising the prices for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests.

  • The move comes after deal with the White House to sell the tests for $14 expired last month.

  • Walmart sells the tests for $19.98 and Kroger sells them for $23.99, the Wall Street Journal said.

Walmart and Kroger are raising the prices for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests after a deal with the Biden administration expired last month.

Abbott Laboratories' BinaxNOW at-home rapid tests were sold by both Kroger and Walmart for $14 until December after a deal with the White House was made back in September, a Walmart spokesperson confirmed to Insider.

A spokesperson for Kroger confirmed to Insider that the company fulfilled its commitment to the administration to sell the tests at a reduced cost for 100 days. The test kits will now be sold at retail price again.

Walmart now sells the testing kits for $19.98, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, and Kroger sells them for $23.99 — the same price as both CVS and Walgreens.

"We have seen significant demand for at-home Covid-19 testing kits and are working closely with our suppliers to meet this demand and get the needed product to our customers," the Walmart spokesperson told Insider.

On Amazon — another company that was included in Biden's testing deal — at-home rapid COVID-19 tests cost $17.98.

In late December, the Biden administration said it would buy 500 million at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to distribute to Americans for free.

The US is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases — fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant — as hospitals in several states are in danger of being overwhelmed and testing shortages persist.

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