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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Milwaukee

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Milwaukee, WI. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market – to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Milwaukee’s leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you’re looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Milwaukee. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Milwaukee, WI. We’re proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We’re here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That’s why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Milwaukee,
what are we talking about?

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

Baklava

Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Milwaukee, WI, you won’t want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it’s no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It’s best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party – you’re almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

Shawarma

Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason – this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Milwaukee, WI.

Hummus

Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That’s because it’s considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there’s one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, this “diet” is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures’ foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke – especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery – we’re always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It’s refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn’t have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don’t start with meats and sweets.

4.

They’re tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you’re essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That’s great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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'Frigid' Wind Chills Expected In Wisconsin Wednesday Night

Wind chills below zero are expected overnight Wednesday in parts of southern Wisconsin. Here's the forecast for the week ahead.MILWAUKEE, WI — People in parts of southern Wisconsin should brace for wind chill dipping into negative temperatures on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said in an announcement."Frigid, arctic air" is expected as gusts between 15 and 20 mph turn as cold as 20 and 25 degrees below zero in western and south central Wisconsin on Wednesday night, meteorolo...

Wind chills below zero are expected overnight Wednesday in parts of southern Wisconsin. Here's the forecast for the week ahead.

MILWAUKEE, WI — People in parts of southern Wisconsin should brace for wind chill dipping into negative temperatures on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said in an announcement.

"Frigid, arctic air" is expected as gusts between 15 and 20 mph turn as cold as 20 and 25 degrees below zero in western and south central Wisconsin on Wednesday night, meteorologist Chris Stumpf told Patch.

Forecasters have a higher confidence in dangerous wind chills and issued a wind chill advisory for 20 counties, including Waukesha and Milwaukee, Stumpf added. Wind chills this cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin in just 30 minutes, he said.

What does this mean for the Milwaukee area? Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny and temperatures will fall to 12 degrees by 10 a.m., forecasters said. Wind chill will be between five degrees and five degrees below zero throughout the day, and gusts could reach up to 35 mph.

Temperatures will likely drop to 4 degrees Wednesday night, and forecasters said that wind chills will drop to 10 degrees below zero. Winds are expected to reach 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday will be cold, a low of 4 degrees, but clear skies are expected for the day. Friday will be sunny, but chances of snow will return this weekend starting Saturday.

Here's the forecast for the rest of the week.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 12 by 10 a.m. Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values between -5 and -10. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values between -5 and -15. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 4. Wind chill values between -5 and zero. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 20. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 7 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 7 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 17.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.

Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 19.

Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

Trains built in Milwaukee head to Nigeria after decade-long legal saga over high-speed rail

No compatible source was found for this media.MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee manufacturing plant has reached a major deal between Milwaukee and a Nigerian state.The governor of Lagos State, Nigeria is visiting Wisconsin this week to buy two trainsets that were originally built for the state of Wisconsin."They'll actually be in service -- serving people and providing a new transit option in another community," said Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 18.The Spanish c...

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee manufacturing plant has reached a major deal between Milwaukee and a Nigerian state.

The governor of Lagos State, Nigeria is visiting Wisconsin this week to buy two trainsets that were originally built for the state of Wisconsin.

"They'll actually be in service -- serving people and providing a new transit option in another community," said Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The Spanish company Talgo, which has a plant at 27th and Townsend in Milwaukee's Century City business park, manufactured the trains 11 years ago.

"For us, it's important that our trains are utilized. It doesn't make any good for the trains that we built in Wisconsin to be stored or to be kept without passengers riding them," said Antonio Perez, CEO and president of Talgo USA.

Lagos State, Nigeria is buying the trains for its Red Line. It'll be the first operational metro system in West Africa. The area currently has heavy traffic congestion with limited rail transport. Lagos is one of the largest cities in Africa.

His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Ol, the governor of Lagos State, said he hopes the deal is the "beginning of a mutually beneficial business relationship."

"It's all about providing jobs, jobs, jobs for our people and that's what we're doing. It's about ensuring that we can build our economy. It's that our people can move from one location to another," he said.

So why have these trains been in storage for a decade? Politics.

In 2009, former Gov. Jim Doyle announced the state would buy two Talgo trains to use for the high-speed rail to connect Madison and Milwaukee. But when former Gov. Scott Walker took office, he blocked the deal, which set off a court battle with the company.

"While I'm happy about (the deal) today, I am a little disappointed in a sense that these trains are not in service in our state. I think that our previous governor unfortunately made a mistake in turning these trains away," Johnson said.

But city leaders say these trains will forever mark a partnership across continents. The trains are striped in Badger red.

"One state's loss is another state's gain," Johnson said.

The governor of Lagos State expects operation of the first phase of the Red Line to begin by the last quarter of 2022 with a capacity of 500,000 passengers daily.

"We're proud of the products that are produced here, proud of the Milwaukee workers who are employed here, and we're very proud of the trains that are here in this facility, as well. When they arrive in service in Lagos, I hope that you'll think about Milwaukee," Johnson said.

Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson signs mask mandate for City of Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — The return of an indoor mask mandate is one step closer to a reality in Milwaukee after Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed a new ordinance on Thursday. Johnson said in an announcement that the mandate will go into effect "in the coming days."

“I signed Milwaukee’s mask ordinance this morning which will take effect once it is published in the coming days. Public safety is my paramount concern, and, during the current surge in COVID-19 cases, masking is one reasonable mitigation step," Johnson said in a statement.

The ordinance requires everyone 3 and older to mask up when inside a public building except when eating and drinking. It will be in effect until March 1. However, the Common Council could end it sooner or extend it. The Council approved the ordinance on Tuesday.

“Businesses in Milwaukee have endured significant consequences from the pandemic, and I appreciate all the efforts they have made to reduce the spread of the disease," Johnson said.

The ordinance states that the mandate will go into effect when the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus is equal to or greater than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in Milwaukee County. Currently, the City of Milwaukee Health Department has seen more than 1,300 positive cases of COVID per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of 28%.

It is similar to the original mask ordinance that expired in June 2021. However, the new ordinance does not include fines for non-compliance. Instead, it will take calls of businesses violating the mandate and forward the information to a file that the city reviews when a business applies to renew its license. Those complaints could lead to a license being suspended or revoked.

During the mask mandate from July 2020 to June 2021, there were 144 citations issued for violations of the mandate. Those violations included masks, physical distancing and other rules. The violators were forced to pay a total of $224,000 for not complying with the regulations.

The Milwaukee Health Department said it will not be out enforcing it due to staffing.

"For us, as long as the businesses stay open, we're good with the mask mandate," said Kevin Junior, owner of Junior's Smoked BBQ in Sherman Phoenix.

Angela Algee-Cotton, who works at Confectionately Yours just a few feet from Junior's, believes the mandate is in everyone's best interest. The first time Algee-Cotton caught COVID she said it sent her to the hospital for three weeks. She does not want anyone else to go through that.

"If it slows down the process, if it decreases the margin by 5%, anything is better than nothing," Algee-Cotton said.

During a media briefing on Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Karen Timberlake applauded Milwaukee leaders for reinstating a mask mandate, saying masks are a key part of prevention.

"What we also know is that where we are required to take an action, we are more likely to do it," Timberlake said.

The news comes just one day after the Biden Administration announced they would be distributing 400 million free N95 masks across the country.

Health experts recommend wearing an N95 or KN95 mask while indoors to provide the highest level of protection.

And while this is one step in fighting the pandemic, city officials say they're still focused on increasing vaccination rates.

5 Best Auto Body Shops in Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee’s Best Auto Body Shops:The top rated Auto Body Shops in Milwaukee, WI are:Govani’s Auto Body, LLC is a quality body shop providing low-cost charges. You have found a reliable auto body shop that can handle everything from significant damage to dent repair, custom paint to a new paint job, and classic car restoration expertise. Your vehicle will be restored to its or...

Milwaukee’s Best Auto Body Shops:

The top rated Auto Body Shops in Milwaukee, WI are:

Govani’s Auto Body, LLC is a quality body shop providing low-cost charges. You have found a reliable auto body shop that can handle everything from significant damage to dent repair, custom paint to a new paint job, and classic car restoration expertise. Your vehicle will be restored to its original manufacturer specifications and pre-accident condition.

With 35 years of auto body repair experience in Milwaukee, they have discovered that family is what sets them apart from the competition. They treat you as if you were a member of their family. They do not want your family to be in a dangerous vehicle, and neither do you.

Products/Services:

Auto Body Repair, Auto Paint, Auto Restoration

LOCATION:

Address: 2437 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204 Phone: 414-384-8666 Website: www.govanis-autobody.com

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VCA is conveniently located just a few blocks from downtown Milwaukee, underneath the Marquette Interchange. The city is easily accessible from all directions. They also work with a number of rental car providers and can arrange delivery and pick-up on your behalf.

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LOCATION:

Address: 938 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204 Phone: 414-389-9999 Website: www.vcaautobody.com

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“VCA auto body did an amazing job on my vehicle. I had to get some work done on the driver’s side fender and It looks like I was never hit. The bodywork and paint job looks amazing. They did amazing on repairing my rims as well. Great customer service and staff are super helpful! I highly recommend this place!” – Sergio F.

CARSTAR Miller Auto Body offers the greatest attribute of auto body repair. They provide accident help and towing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Dent repair, dent removal, storm damage repair, and more services are available at their Milwaukee collision center. They work with most insurance companies and provide a nationwide warranty on all makes and models.

CASTAR offerS state-of-the-art unibody and frame repair technology, expert color matching, towing, car pick-up and delivery in service markets where appropriate, a countrywide warranty for most repairs, and a clean, friendly environment.

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Address: 3818 W Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53215 Phone: 414-269-8384 Website: www.carstar.com

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“Couldn’t be happier with my experience here. The team was friendly and incredibly efficient and made all aspects of the repair easy for me. Highly recommend!” – Anna B.

Meticulous Auto Body Inc has a superb reputation within their society. It is because they care about their clients. Nick Campanelli is the President of a Milwaukee Business Association that promotes the area’s economic development. He spent ten years under the mentorship of Butch Emil Brinza during his 30+ years in the automotive sector.

Since 1989, Meticulous Vehicle Body Inc has been a family-owned company dedicated to meeting and surpassing your auto and truck collision repair needs. Their group of professional technicians, as an I-Car Certified facility, is constantly trained in the latest industry standards to suit new vehicle specifications.

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“This facility is full of friendly and professional staff. Their Manager Brent delivered spectacular service. I am thankful to my agent referring this company to me.” – Lony K.

How To Get Free COVID-19 Tests In Wisconsin

Wisconsin households can order up to four rapid antigen coronavirus tests starting Wednesday.MILWAUKEE, WI — Households in Wisconsin can order up to four free rapid antigen coronavirus tests beginning Wednesday with the launch of a federal government website — covidtests.gov — to help ease a nationwide shortage of the tests.Although the White House said orders would begin Wednesday, several people have been able to place orders on Tuesday....

Wisconsin households can order up to four rapid antigen coronavirus tests starting Wednesday.

MILWAUKEE, WI — Households in Wisconsin can order up to four free rapid antigen coronavirus tests beginning Wednesday with the launch of a federal government website — covidtests.gov — to help ease a nationwide shortage of the tests.

Although the White House said orders would begin Wednesday, several people have been able to place orders on Tuesday. The website is "currently in its beta phase" and operating at a "limited capacity ahead of its official launch," The Associated Press reported. The official launch is still set for mid-morning Wednesday.

The federal government bought 500 million COVID-19 rapid tests in December in response to criticism over a low inventory of at-home tests and long lines at testing sites. Last week, President Joe Biden announced he's ordering another 500 million tests, bringing the total to 1 billion.

Americans must provide only their names and addresses — no insurance or credit card is required — to receive the COVID-19 tests. There's no shipping fee.

Wisconsin residents need to plan ahead to have the rapid COVID-19 tests on hand before they need them — whether as part of test-to-stay protocols in schools and workplaces, or after potential exposure to COVID-19. Orders will be shipped within seven to 12 days, according to senior Biden administration officials briefing reporters Friday.

People can also request at-home collection kit and send them to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for COVID-19 testing. Tests are available for those with or without symptoms, are free of charge and deliveries are made through the United Parcel Service.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at-home testing for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms five days after a potential exposure. Those symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms and muscle aches.

"Certainly if you're going to gather with family, if you're going to a gathering where people are immunocompromised or where they're elderly or where you have people who might be unvaccinated or poorly protected from a vaccine, that might be an opportunity you want to test," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said last week.

The administration said it worked closely with the U.S. Postal Service, which reports one- to three-day delivery of first-class mail in the continental United States, to set up the website and ensure the tests can be delivered quickly.

The federal website isn't the only way to get rapid antigen coronavirus tests. A government order requiring private insurance companies to cover at-home tests took effect Saturday, though most companies will require upfront payment at pharmacies and online retailers.

The cost to buy and distribute the first round of tests is estimated at $4 billion.

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