Poorer countries to get 120 million coronavirus tests: WHO

Poorer countries to get 120 million coronavirus tests: WHO

Some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus will be made available to low- and middle-income countries at a maximum of $5 each, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

“This will enable the expansion of testing, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that do not have laboratory facilities or enough trained health workers to carry out tests,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “This is a vital addition to the testing capacity and especially important in areas of high transmission.”

He said that the manufacturers Abbott (ABT.N) and SD Biosensor had agreed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “make 120 million of these new, highly portable and easy-to-use rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests available over a period of six months”.

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