News | New ceiling price of Covid-19 test kit to be known next month

PUTRAJAYA (Oct 8): The new wholesale and retail ceiling prices of the Covid-19 antigen rapid test kit (self-test) will be issued next month, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

In a statement here on Friday, he said the ministry is making an assessment of the matter and had received feedbacks from the industry on the price levels that should be considered to ensure adequate and continuous supply of the product.

The government previously set the maximum retail price of the Covid-19 antigen rapid test kit at RM19.90 per set, while the wholesale price was set at RM16 per set, effective Sept 5.

On Thursday, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the ceiling price of the Covid-19 antigen rapid test kit would be lowered as an incentive for the public to make their own checks when interstate travel is allowed.

According to Nanta, there are about six million Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits already in the market.

He said the ministry is also in discussions with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to enable more premises, like supermarket,  to sell the test kit.

The sale of the Covid-19 antigen rapid test kit by supermarkets is expected to be implemented by the end of this month, he added. – BERNAMA

credit photo: TheEdge

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