The sale of self-tests in supermarkets was extended until February 15 – Sciences et Avenir

The sale of self-tests in supermarkets, authorized from the beginning of January for one month, will be extended for two weeks, until February 15, according to a decree published this Saturday in the Official Gazette.

“Considering that the retail authorization, on an exceptional basis, of self-tests outside pharmacies has made it possible to meet the very high demand”, the executive judged that “the sustainability of the screening strategy, in a context of intense circulation of the Omicron variant (…) implies extending the duration of this exception once for fifteen days, that is, until February 15, 2022”, underlines the decree.

The authorization, announced at the end of December, angered pharmacists who until then had a monopoly on the sale of self-tests. In particular, they accused supermarkets of being responsible for the shortage of stock in certain pharmacies.

With the arrival of the Omicron variant, the incidence skyrocketed in France, as in many other countries, and caused an unprecedented increase in the number of tests carried out.

In January alone, the cost of tests for the state, which therefore includes PCR, antigens and self-tests under certain conditions, will amount to 1.5 billion euros, the Delegate Minister for Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt recalled on Saturday on France Info TV, against 6,900 million euros for all of 2021.

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