Madrid pharmacies to carry out Covid tests

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MADRID pharmacies to carry out Covid tests from December

The regional government of Madrid has proposed allowing pharmacies to carry out Covid-19 tests from December, though this has yet to be agreed by the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health Enrique Ruiz Escudero said this would be a huge step forward “to continue the massive test strategy in our region.”

Ministers have taken inspiration from Slovakia, who rolled out mass testing and have managed to contain the virus as a result. Before starting the test, a training course will be provided to pharmacists. The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, trusts that some 600 pharmacies can collaborate, which would mean being able to carry out “many tests”.

The Ministry of Health is currently studying the possible implementation of a saliva test, such as the one developed at the Carlos III Hospital, to determine Covid cases.  The Autonomous University of Madrid has been working since the end of October on a clinical trial of these saliva tests designed by researchers from the Carlos III-La Paz Hospital. 

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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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