Retail stores Walmart and Kroger have both raised the price for the BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests, following the expiration of an agreement with the Biden administration to sell the antigen self-test kits at cost.
In September, Walmart, Kroger and Amazon made a deal with the White House to sell the tests for $14 for 100 days, which ended last month. Now, the self-test kits are $20 at Walmart and $24 in its nearly 3,000 US Kroger grocery stores.
“The program ended in mid-December, and while other retailers increased prices in mid-December, Walmart held the $14.00 through the holidays before increasing the price,” a Walmart spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.
A Kroger spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that since fulfilling its commitment to the Biden administration “that pricing program has now phased out and retail pricing has been reinstated.”
Amazon.com doesn’t current have BinaxNOW tests available for sale.
Tests are being sold online and in-stores, but are difficult to catch in stock. There are also purchase limits in place due to “significant demand” for the at-home tests.
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