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Poorer Countries to Get $5 Rapid COVID-19 Tests, WHO Says

On Monday, the World Health Organization reported that some 120 million rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 would be made available at a maximum of $5 per unit for low and middle-income countries.
According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation agreed with manufacturers which include Abbott ABT.N and SD Biosensor to “make 120 million of these new, highly portable and easy-to-use rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests available over a six-month period.”
Tedros said the tests were currently priced at a maximum of $5 each at a news conference in Geneva but were intended to become even cheaper.
“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,” Tedros said. “This is a vital addition to the testing capacity and especially important in areas of high transmission.”
However as the number of cases began rooting its development in many parts of the world, including the host origin; China, the coronavirus death toll is approaching the grim milestone of one million fatalities, with 995,658 deaths reported globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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