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Published: Jan 05, 2022 5 min read
Close-up of a hand applying a sample onto a rapid detection Covid-19 Test
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Amid soaring cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, it's been nearly impossible for many Americans to find at-home test kits available online or in stores. Now your hunt for COVID-19 tests may get more expensive as well.

A price-control agreement between the White House and three major retailers has expired. As a result, the price for certain at-home tests is increasing by several dollars per kit.

In September, President Biden announced an agreement with Amazon, Kroger and Walmart in which the retailers would sell at-home coronavirus testing kits “at cost” — meaning they price the kits at minimal or no profit — for at least three months. The agreement is no longer in effect, and the retailers are beginning to raise the prices.

“It’s simply a matter of us returning to our pre-commitment retail pricing,” says Kroger spokesperson Kristal Howard.