Poorer countries will have 120 million coronavirus tests at $ 5, says WHO


Health care worker applies coronavirus test to a man. (REUTERS / Brendan McDermid)

GENEVA / LONDON (Reuters) – About 120 million rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests will be made available in low- and middle-income countries at a maximum price of five dollars a unit, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (28).

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor agreed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “make 120 million of these new highly portable, easy-to-use and fast Covid-19 diagnostic tests available throughout six-month period ”.

He said that currently the exams are priced at a maximum of five dollars each, but that they should become cheaper.

“This will allow for the expansion of tests, particularly in difficult-to-reach areas that do not have sufficient laboratory facilities or trained health professionals to perform tests,” said Tedros. “This is a vital addition to the ability to perform examinations and is especially important in areas of high transmission.”

(Por Kate Kelland)

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