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New York City is boasting vending machines that specifically sell at-home COVID-19 tests.

The vending machines accept only credit or debit cards, and will charge customers a total of $149 for each PCR saliva test.

The New York Post reports that these on-the-go test dispensers are the creation of Wellness 4 Humanity, a company led by “a team of social entrepreneurs who originally sought out to open one of the most innovative wellness concepts incorporating functional medicine [and] science-backed bio-hacking into all types of applications” but who now focus mainly on solving problems related to the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to make these COVID-19 test vending machines work, Wellness 4 Humanity partnered with a lab that customers may send their tests to via FedEx. The company provides vending machine visitors with a pre-printed label upon a test’s purchase, and results are received via text or email within 48 hours.

“Just like the rest of the world, we pivoted to do what we can to help fight the coronavirus pandemic,” says the company’s mission statement. “Uncertain times lead to out-of-the-box thinking. We are not in business to watch more people get sick; we are in the business of changing people’s lives.”

The Post continues to note that the test is not FDA approved although it is among those available for emergency use authorization (EUA).

The NYC COVID-19 test vending machines are located at a former Lane Bryant storefront on 34th street.


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