Remember when vending machines were for snacks and soda?
COVID-19 home test kits will soon be sold via vending machines in cities including New York. But they won’t be as cheap as a bag of chips.
Health company Wellness 4 Humanity is rolling out vending machines stocked with COVID-19 at-home test kits. The tests cost up to $139 a pop, according to the company’s website.
However, the convenience factor marks a sharp change from the beginning of the pandemic, when a shortage of tests for the coronavirus initially made them so hard to come by that influencers and celebrities had to use personal connections just to score one.
The vending machines — set to begin appearing this month in major cities across the US, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Dallas — will dispense Emergency Use Authorized rapid antigen and reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) saliva tests.