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)