Some Individuals blocked from ordering Biden’s free Covid assessments in early web site launch

Take-home COVID-19 self-test kits provided by the District of Columbia government, which is offering city residents four free take-home tests per day, are shown in this illustration dated January 11, 2022.

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Americans on Tuesday began placing orders for free Covid tests promised by the Biden administration after the federal government launched the site a day earlier than expected – some complained on social media about being blocked from doing so were to order the tests.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the website is in the testing phase and will officially launch Wednesday morning. Orders placed during the site’s testing period on Tuesday are valid and will be shipped, White House spokesman Kevin Munoz told CNBC.

Each household, based on home address, is limited to four tests. The White House said last week it has limited the number of tests people can order to ensure broad access to the program.

Tests can be ordered here:

After a user clicks “Order free home tests” The website directs the user to a postal service order form where they enter a name and address before checking out.

The Postal Service ships the tests 7 to 12 days after the order is placed, according to the Biden administration. The website said on Tuesday that the orders would be shipped by the end of the month.

While some users said the site was simple and easy to use, others — particularly people who live in apartment buildings — reported problems in social media posts on Tuesday.

“Any website launch, in our view, comes with risks,” Psaki told reporters during a White House briefing on Tuesday. “We cannot guarantee that there will be zero or two errors. But the best technical teams in the administration and the postal service are working hard to make this a success,” she said.

The White House launched the site after a public outcry over the widespread lack of testing during the busy holiday travel season, when the highly contagious Covid Omicron variant swept the country. Pharmacies, large and small, have struggled to stock home tests as demand suddenly surged.

President Joe Biden said the government is getting a total of 1 billion home tests to distribute free to Americans. The Department of Defense awards the tests in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. weighs ordering industrial airways to supply flights for Afghanistan evacuation efforts

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army soldiers assigned to patrol the 82nd Airborne Division at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2021. Image taken on August 17, 2021.

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The Biden administration has told US commercial airlines that it could order them to help evacuate Afghanistan, according to someone familiar with the matter.

The Department of Defense informed several of the country’s major commercial airlines late Friday that it could activate the civil reserve air fleet to bolster the airlift, the person said, adding that the flights will be from other locations rather than from Afghanistan itself would. This could include airmen stranded on U.S. bases in Germany, Qatar and Bahrain, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first covered the news.

The almost 70-year-old Civil Reserve Air Fleet program was launched after the Berlin Airlift to support a “major national defense emergency”. Reasons are humanitarian or natural disasters and war.

The White House and the Department of Defense did not respond immediately.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan announced by Biden earlier this year has been ravaged by chaos. Thousands of people poured into Kabul airport after the Taliban took over the city and secured control of the country last week.

US Defense officials say the military is looking for alternative ways to get Americans, Afghans and third-country nationals safely to the airport in Kabul following threats from the Islamic State. NBC News reports Saturday.

The US embassy in Afghanistan on Saturday warned US citizens should not travel to the airport “because of possible security threats at the gates of Kabul airport”.

A White House official told the press pool on Saturday that six U.S. military C-17s and 32 charter planes had left Kabul in the past 24 hours. The total number of passengers for these 38 flights is approximately 3,800. The White House official says the US has evacuated approximately 17,000 people since Aug. 14.

Several U.S. airlines volunteered earlier this week to help airlift evacuees, the person told CNBC.

The tender for the so-called CRAF flights was opened on Saturday and would be closed on Monday United Airlines Flight attendants, their union, the Association of Flight Attendants, wrote in a memo.

“In order for United to be prepared in the event that the US Department of Defense announces that United Airlines CRAF has been activated, offers for CRAF operations must be made immediately and over a very short period of time,” the statement said.

GoTab Gives Contactless Ordering & Fee Options for Leisure Venues

ARLINGTON, Virginia., June 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – When summer comes and restrictions are lifted across the country, GoTabThe technology of remains critical to many venues that increase the efficiency and ease of use of contactless ordering and payment options for the festivals, concerts and performances of the season. As a true cloud-based solution, GoTab puts the hospitality industry first and enables fast, cost-effective and seamless deployment in large and small venues.

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