A vending machine for COVID tests is due to open to the public on January 26, a company spokesman said. A medical-oriented social entrepreneur and co-founder of a medical research company plan to install vending machines for COVID tests in his home in the city.
Other vending machines were also set up elsewhere in New York City, including in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn Heights. The vending machine offers a range of COVID 19 home tests that must be sent to a partner laboratory using a prepaid FedEx shipping label. Each test shows the results in just 15 minutes, is evaluated, and presents the results of the test, according to the company’s website.
The machine accepts contactless payments by mobile phone, so this is a good option if you don’t want to queue in front of a doctor or have little money to tackle the problem. However, the COVID-19 home test machine has some drawbacks, that is for sure.
When the vending machine was introduced, testing began at a price of $1,000, but the representative said that the price is subject to change and will likely fall over time – it is currently between $129 and $149.
The automated tests are the first time COVID-19 has been tested in a home in the United States, according to the representative. Similar vending machines have been seen in other countries to curb the spread of the virus. With the number of cases in the US rising, it is hoped the vending machine will be introduced as soon as possible. He said the vending machine was an important step to help Americans find a safe alternative to prescription drugs to treat HIV / AIDS in their homes.
The people behind it
Wellness 4 Humanity has teamed up with San Francisco-based technology company Swyft to establish itself as the world’s first public service announcement system for HIV / AIDS. Last year SwYft installed PSE vending machines in ten subway stations, and the Wellness-4 Humanity vending machines are now available in other major US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.
With new inventions such as the vending machine for COVID tests, medication, and the vaccine out, is there a chance for Broadway to return any time soon? Or the restaurants?