Coronavirus testing in Romania is a luxury. The price varies between 320 and 400 lei, and many people have had to do it several times. WHO has a solution.
Normally, coronavirus tests are free. Unfortunately, in order to benefit from such a test, you must have symptoms or have been in a set of circumstances in which you were very likely to have fallen ill. Only then does DSP facilitate testing. At any time, he recommends isolation and it’s up to you to take a test or not to sleep peacefully. Unfortunately, most of them can’t afford it.
Approximately 120 million rapid diagnostic tests were confirmed by the WHO at a price of only $ 5 or 20 lei. They will reach low- and middle-income countries, according to a statement from the World Health Organization, taken over by Reuters.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that producers Abbott ABT.N and SD Biosensor had reached an agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to “provide more than 120 million easy-to-use Covid-19 rapid tests and easy to use in a period of six months ”.
The WHO official estimates the price of the new tests at about $ 5 per test, but expects them to become significantly cheaper in the future. “This will allow for the extension of tests, especially in hard-to-reach areas that do not have laboratory facilities or enough qualified medical staff to perform the tests,” Tedros said.
Regarding the true value of coronavirus statistics, another WHO official drew attention to the fact that deaths are underestimated. In his opinion, the reality is worse than what we see in the news. “The figures currently reported are probably an underestimation of those individuals who contracted Covid-19 or died as a result. I can assure you that the current numbers are probably an underestimation of the true balance of Covid-19, ”said Dr. Mike Ryan, a senior expert in the organization.