This vending machine dispenses COVID-19 tests
Location: New York City
DURING DEMONSTRATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) WELLNESS 4 HUMANITY CO-FOUNDER PAVEL STUCHLIK, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE ENDS WITH STUCHLIK SCANNING BARCODE ON PHONE):
"I just purchased my test online. What I did get is this amazing little barcode, which is all I need to be able to simply plug it in. As soon as you get to the machine, it will activate the barcode with the activation, it's going to take about 15 to 20 seconds to trigger the test."
The vending machine is contactless
and the tests are self-administered
DURING DEMONSTRATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) WELLNESS 4 HUMANITY CO-FOUNDER PAVEL STUCHLIK, SAYING: (SOUNDBITE STARTS AND ENDS WITH STUCHLIK HOLDING TEST KIT BOX)
"It looks just like this. This is our PCR saliva (test), and essentially as soon as you get home, you would open this. Inside there, you just simply need a scoop of saliva to be able to have the results. It comes with a shipping label back. So all you have to do is just drop it off at your local FedEx and you're good to go. Results take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours.
The company says the RT-PCR saliva tests are 99% accurate
and the rapid antigen test is 97.4% accurate
The tests cost $119 and could be covered by insurance