Legislators Question the High Price of Rapid Test Kits 快篩試劑偏貴? 陳:同廠牌相比 勿混淆視聽

As home rapid test kits are in high demand, legislators question if their prices are priced too high. CECC Commander Chen Shih-chung said the price comparison is confusing to the public and he expects 100 million more units to arrive by the end of June.


As the pandemic in Taiwan heightens, household demand for rapid test kits increases. A week into the CECC's inception of the real-name purchase rationing system, long lines await outside pharmacies. Both pan-blue and pan-green legislators question the high price of rapid test kits.  

Chen Shih-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare: “A home test kit costs NT$40~50, depending on the brand. Ours is of the Roche and costs NT$100. When comparing prices, one should compare with similar brands. I believe given the demand, now is not the time to confuse the public.”

The CECC is considering replacing home isolation with three doses of vaccination and a rapid test when the overall booster shot rate reaches 70 percent. While the plan remains under consideration, some legislators point out that the percentage of severe cases must be closely monitored. Health and Welfare Minister Chen shih-chung responded that he hopes to keep the overall percentage of severe cases below 1 percent, in which case the pandemic should still be "controllable." 

Lai Hui-yuan, Legislator (DPP): “We hope that your objective is to keep the percentage of severe complication cases at a minimum. ”
Chen Shih-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare: “If rapid tests will replace home quarantine in the future, with a higher vaccination rate comes higher protection for the society, then we may try in this direction. ”

Chen also mentioned that he anticipates 130-170 million rapid test kits to arrive at Taiwan by the end of June. As to the U.S. CDC's adjustment of Taiwan from a low-risk to a high-risk country, and recommends that citizens do not travel to Taiwan, Chen said this is the U.S. adjusting pursuant to pandemic risk, and in fact, Taiwan's pandemic is heating up. 

 

 

 

新冠肺炎疫情攀升,民眾對家用快篩試劑的需求增加,疫情指揮中心宣布快篩試劑實名制上路1週,藥局外出現大排長龍搶購潮,藍綠立委質疑快篩試劑價格過高。

衛福部長陳時中提到:「40、50元的要看各種廠牌的不同,我們的廠牌現在100元是羅氏的廠牌,要用同廠牌來做一個比較,我想大家在社會有需要的時候,盡量不要混淆視聽。」

針對指揮中心規劃打滿3劑超過7成以上,未來「打滿第三劑加快篩」就能取代居家隔離,雖然尚未定案,但有立委提出也要注意中重症的比例多寡,陳時中回應說,整體中重症比例希望維持在1%以內,看起來還是可以被控制。

民進黨立委賴惠員問衛福部長陳時中表示:「我們希望把這個中重症,壓在一個什麼樣的底線上是你的目標?」

陳時中回應:「若未來要快篩取代居家隔離,那必然是疫苗涵蓋率,社會的保護力愈高,這個方向就愈可以做。」

陳時中還提到,預計到6月底前,將有1億3千萬至1億7千萬劑快篩試劑輸台。至於美國疾病管制中心(CDC)將台灣從低風險國家,升高成中度風險國家,並建議國人不要前往台灣旅遊,陳時中說,這是美國自己根據疫情風險來做的調整,事實上台灣疫情在升溫中。

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