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Amazon makes COVID-19 test available to the public

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Multinational technology company, Amazon has made its Covid-19 test available to consumers online, alongside a consumer diagnostics website where people can view their results.

Previously, the consumer diagnostic website, AmazonDx.com was made available to employees of Amazon only. But it now appears any customer can sign in to the site using the same login information they use to access the shopping section of the tech giant’s website.

To use the test, a patient swabs their nose at home and places it in a box with a prepaid shipping return label. The swabs are then sent to a centralized lab.

Amazon got the United State’s Food and Drug Administration’s sign-off on its COVID-19 test kit in March. At the time, it planned to use the test for its onsite employee testing program.

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Over the past year, at-home medical testing got a new burst of attention, as companies raced to deliver COVID-19 tests that people could easily take without a trip to the doctor’s office.

The test is on sale for $39.99.

The in-house COVID-19 test kit is the latest in Amazon’s foray into healthcare. The company started offering its telehealth and at-home healthcare program to other employers in March.

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