Editorial: Testing positive for incompetence: The federal government’s free at-home COVID tests arrived way too late

On Jan. 18, the day the federal government’s website allowing Americans to order free at-home COVID tests opened (one day before its official launch, and the only time anything in this story happens ahead of schedule), we requested ours. At 1:44 p.m. came the U.S.P.S. order confirmation email, which added: “At home COVID-19 tests will ship free starting in late January.”