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Federal News Network: ‘We rocked it.’ How USPS pulled off delivering 380 million COVID-19 tests

“The White House earlier this month announced that households can now order a third round of free COVID-19 rapid tests on

Households can now receive eight new tests, double what households could order in the previous two rounds. USPS has delivered at least 380 million free tests through the program so far…

While the rollout of this operation has won praise from the administration and the public, USPS behind the scenes went to great lengths to make the program a success…

The more immediate challenge was bringing everyone back from their holiday vacation plans to develop a new website to accept orders, and then prepare the USPS delivery network to deliver COVID tests…

Out of an abundance of caution, USPS built the site to support orders for 20 million test kits an hour.

‘We’ve never done anything like this before, but it was very daunting. That’s a true nightmare that I did have: “CIO delays COVID test kit distribution, because the website is down,”’ [USPS CIO Pritha Mehra] said…” Read the full article here.

Source: ‘We rocked it.’ How USPS pulled off delivering 380 million COVID-19 tests – By Jory Heckman, May 30, 2022. Federal News Network.


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