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Some tests have extended expiration dates

By Mike McCombs

In case you haven’t heard the news, the Biden Administration is suspending its free COVID-19 test program because Congress has not approved funding for more tests.

Americans have through Friday, Sept. 2 to order tests at www.covid.gov/tests.

More than 350 million tests have been distributed by mail to more than 70 million households.

There is no indication if the program could start again at some point in the future.

In related news, some who have received tests have complained the expiration date on tests received by mail had already expired. However, the Food and Drug Administration has extended he dates on many of the tests distributed.

According to the FDA, this happened because the expiration is set for the end of the tests’ shelf life. The test manufacturers and the FDA have since recognized that the shelf lives are longer than originally estimated, thus extending the expiration date.

If you have tests, visit https://bit.ly/3Q0X2rV and go to the chart at the bottom of the page. Find the tests you have and see if your tests have a new expiration date.

Mike McCombs is the Editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews.com.

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