Amazon is selling its own COVID-19 test equipment straight to prospects. Outcomes from the test will seem on an Amazon diagnostics website that was initially designed to be used by Amazon workers. The test’s public availability was first reported by Stat News.
The test is on sale for $39.99 and has one-day transport by Prime in some areas of the US.
To make use of the test, a affected person swabs their very own nostril at house and locations it in a field with a pay as you go transport return label. The swabs are then despatched to a centralized lab. Amazon acquired the Meals and Drug Administration’s sign-off on its COVID-19 test kit in March. On the time, it deliberate to use the test for its onsite worker testing program.
At-home medical testing acquired a new burst of attention over the previous 12 months, as corporations raced to ship COVID-19 exams that folks might take simply and not using a journey to the physician’s workplace. Specialists assume it’ll supercharge efforts to convey different varieties of at-home exams, like flu exams, to the market extra rapidly.
The in-house COVID-19 test equipment is the newest in Amazon’s growth into healthcare. The corporate began providing its telehealth and at-home healthcare program to different employers in March. It’s additionally providing six-month prescriptions for widespread drugs beginning at $6 by its Amazon Pharmacy program.