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Lima, January 14, 2022Updated on 01/14/2022 05:45 pm

This week the Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced that Peruvian pharmacies and drugstores would sell self-tests of COVID-19 nationally.

In recent weeks, the new variant omicron It has spread increasing cases in the country. It is so the National Association of Pharmacy Chains (Anacab) He commented that the test would cost between 20 and 45 soles.

However, so far the product is found in the same chain of pharmacies and the package of 5 costs 215 soles, which means that the price of each test is approximately 43 soles.

However, this amount does not seem to be in line with the international market. According to Salud con Lupa, in European countries the figure would not exceed 27 soles.

The price of the self-test in Europe

In Spain, the Minister of Health Carolina Darias affirmed that the self-diagnosis tests will be 2.94 euros (13 soles) and since last Saturday they would already be found in several establishments.

In France, one of the countries hardest hit by the fifth wave of coronavirus infections. Thus, in this country the test is a maximum of 6 euros (27 soles).

One of the countries with the most affordable price is Germany, where you can find autotest for less than a dollar.

Other examples are Swiss, where they cost 9 dollars and in Italy, with 16 dollars you can have a diagnosis in less than 30 minutes.

The COVID-19 self-test in America

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized citizens to use this product since December 2020. Currently prices range between 10 and 30 dollars.

In Argentina, according The nation the price varies between 14 to 24 dollars depending on the laboratory. By your side in Chile, companies sell the autotest from 2.44 dollars.

Still no response froml Ministry of Health. In addition, it is expected that citizens can find these products in more establishments. Well, in just one week, the only pharmacy chain that had this self-test of COVID-19 noted on its website that the product was already out of stock.

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