The organization explains that this measure has already been adopted in other European countries such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Portugal.
The National Association of Large Distribution Companies (Anged), which includes companies such as El Corte Inglés, Carrefour or Ikea, among others, has offered by letter to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, the possibility that antigen tests can begin to be sold in its network of commercial establishments, as reported.
In this way, on the one hand, easier and faster access to millions of antigen tests can be achieved and, on the other hand, it could also avoid speculative movements and offer a more affordable and competitive price for citizens by expanding in a way substantial test offer on the market.
Specifically, Anged has offered the Ministry of Health its willingness to agree, on the terms that the health authorities deem appropriate, a collaboration that it 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.
By a Royal Decree
It should be remembered that at the moment, neither Mercadona, nor Lidl nor any supermarket can sell Covid tests since they can only be bought in pharmacies, as stipulated the Royal Decree that the Council of Ministers approved for sale as of July 20, self-diagnostic test without a prescription in pharmacies.
However, the same is not the case in the rest of Europe. Since March of this year, Lidl or Carrefour began selling Covid self-diagnosis tests in Germany and France, respectively. And Mercadona in Portugal.
Specifically, the company chaired by Juan Roig began selling these tests at a price of 2.10 euros for each kit manufactured by Genrui Biotech. Each box of this product contains a test strip, an extraction tube, a nasal swab, a bio-safe sample bag, and instructions for use.