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It is possible to buy rapid coronavirus tests online.
While the State Institute for Drug Control (ŠÚKL) knows nothing about the e-shop, the supplier, Recept Zvolen, claims they can sell them.
The tests from a Chinese producer have been approved by the EU and it is not necessary to list them in ŠÚKL’s database of medical aids, the Sme daily reported.
“We have a CE certificate from the EU, and since we’re living in hard times, we put the test on the market,” Jozef Beňo, an authorised representative of the company operating pharmacies in Banská Štiavnica and Kremnica (both in Banská Bystrica Region), told Sme.
ŠÚKL confirmed the EU certificate is enough; they do not need to have them in their database to sell them.
Made in China
The test’s reliability is 90 percent. They are similar to the ones purchased by the Peter Pellegrini government, which have been criticised by the incumbent PM Igor Matovič (OĽaNO).
They measure the amount of antibodies in a person's blood by using colloid gold, i.e. a solution with gold nanoparticles. The person pricks a finger, takes blood with a pipette and drops it on a small testing desk. They then add the solution, which reveals whether the blood contains the antibodies present when a person suffers from the coronavirus.
- The package should contain information about the producer or an authorised representative.
- The product should have the CE certificate and a name in the Slovak language.
- It should contain instructions in the Slovak language.
- People should approach the self-testing carefully. The results need to be confirmed by an official coronavirus test.
ŠÚKL is ready to check the sale of home tests.
The test result needs to be confirmed by the direct coronavirus test though, the Chinese producer said.
The tests were purchased from a Chinese company, whose name Beňo refused to reveal.
“It’s a renowned Chinese company that has been dealing with the production of tests for years,” Beňo said, as quoted by Sme. “We don’t want to publish our know-how though.”
The tests can be purchased via Recept Zvolen’s website.
ŠÚKL recommends checking the product
ŠÚKL has already said that similar tests may appear on the internet. Some similar to the ones offered by Recept Zvolen have been offered via various online ads.
The institute recommends that people check the basic parameters, such as whether there is confirmation that the producer or a company is authorised to sell it in Slovakia on the package. The product should also have the CE certificate, which means that it can be sold on the EU territory.
Some home tests are also promoted by the Alza eshop, but they are not sold yet. The seller is checking the tests developed by the Chinese Superbio Biomedical company and is trying to quickly obtain permission to put it on the market, Sme reported.
Read more about the coronavirus outbreak in Slovakia:
- These are the measures currently in place in Slovakia
- How Slovakia prepared for the coronavirus
- Do I have the coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- More information about what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself from the infection (WHO)
- Situation update on EU/EEA and the UK as of March 6 morning
- Q&A: State of emergency declared about coronavirus
6. Apr 2020 at 13:39 | Compiled by Spectator staff