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Corona quick test deficiency: "An end to the delivery bottlenecks is not yet in sight"


Corona rapid tests are considered to be an important weapon in the fight against the pandemic - and people who have been vaccinated are increasingly required to provide evidence of this. But there are problems with the offer.

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Employee in a rapid test center: availability can change daily

Photo: Sebastian Kahnert / dpa

Whether on the train or at the hairdresser's: In many places, people who have not been vaccinated have to carry proof of a current rapid corona test with them, and people who have been vaccinated are increasingly required to provide a corresponding document.

Politicians therefore made the tests free of charge for everyone again - but the problems persist with replenishment.

The North Rhine Pharmacists' Association expects shortages of corona rapid tests for weeks.

»Corona tests are often scarce.

An end to the delivery bottlenecks is not yet in sight, ”says head of the association, Thomas Preis, of the“ Rheinische Post ”.

»The numbers in the test centers are currently increasing by ten percent a week.

December will be the month with the most citizen tests. «The sale of self-tests is also increasing.

Special license not extended?

At the same time, there are supply problems: Freight options from the Far East are limited, and clearance at customs takes a long time.

»So far, many tests have been on sale as special approvals.

These special approvals will no longer be extended.

That also creates further bottlenecks, "complains Preis in the" Rheinische Post ".

In addition: some wholesalers may not have pre-ordered enough for the winter - and now not get enough tests.

The self-tests were recently also in high demand in drugstores, in some regions they were already in short supply.

There could be regional bottlenecks nationwide, announced the Rossmann drugstore chain at the end of November.

Because of the high demand, there could be occasional problems with availability.

A spokeswoman for the German Pharmacists' Association (DAV) recently spoke of a very different regional problem.

In which regions the tests were exactly in short supply, she could not say.

»If the tests in a pharmacy run out, the manager of the pharmacy will endeavor to get supplies as soon as possible.

That is why the availability in pharmacies can change daily. "

apr / Reuters

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-12-06

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