From the Ministry they assure that they will value the proposal of the National Association of Large Distribution Companies (Anged) when they receive it.
For now, The Ministry of Health does not have on the table that the Covid self-diagnosis tests are sold outside of pharmacies. That is, in supermarkets or other commercial establishments.
However, sources from the department headed by Carolina Darias indicate that nor has an analysis of this issue been entered. Consulted by letter from ANational Association of Large Distribution Companies (Anged), so that establishments of the El Corte Inglés or Carrefour chains sell these tests, they indicate that they will assess this possibility when they receive the letter, something that would not have happened yet.
It should be remembered that, today, these sanitary products solo They can be sold in a pharmacy, as indicated in the decree that allows their sale to the public. On the other hand, in other countries this is not the case. Lidl or Carrefour sell them in Germany and France, and Mercadona in Portugal, to name three cases.
What Anged brings to the table is its willingness to agree, in the terms that the health authorities deem appropriate, a collaboration that has considered “Very necessary” in this phase of the pandemic, in which citizens are being demanded for their collaboration in controlling the virus, through self-diagnosis of infections.
“This collaboration, in fact, has already worked successfully in establishing control and prevention measures against Covid in stores, both for employees and customers. It is also a precedent for success sale of masks in our stores, which has made it possible not only to guarantee access, but to lower its price and generalize its use by citizens ”, Anged has underlined.
The Ministry of Health Nor does it have on the table to impose a maximum price for the self-diagnostic tests, since it is considered that the market is already self-regulating by improving the supply of these products, which would have allowed the cost paid by citizens to be lowered.
From the Ministry they admit that demand has risen by around 1,000%, with the impact that this has on prices. To address this situation, it has been allowed “exceptionally and temporarily” to refer professional antigen tests to pharmacies for use by the population. “Six companies have been authorized and we have more on the market.”
It should be remembered that the price of these ‘self-tests’ has risen in recent weeks to 12 euros per unit. But not only the high demand is behind this increase.
Transportation has become more expensive. “If before they could be brought for 1,000 euros, now the same container costs up to 6,000 euros,” explained sources from the sector to EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia.
And there is another determining factor: the carrier strike that was supposed to begin on Monday, December 20, but was called off in extremis three days earlier. Despite the fact that it was not finally carried out, “there is merchandise still being held,” a Madrid pharmacist said a week ago.
Faced with this situation of rising test prices, some professional sectors have requested the Government of Spain to limit the price of these sanitary products.
The first to raise its voice has been the General Council of Nursing (CGE), representative of all registered nurses in Spain. In a statement, the agency explained that it is necessary to limit the price of the tests “as was done with the masks.”