Thirty million tests were carried out in December alone, or one seventh of the total tests since the start of the pandemic.
The government is counting on an invoice for Covid-19 screening tests at 6 billion euros for 2021, said Budget Minister Olivier Dussopt on Tuesday, up due to massive use of screening in December.
“In 2021 we estimated that the testing campaign would cost 5.2 billion euros, I think it will cost 6 billion more at the end”, Olivier Dussopt detailed on BFM Business. The fault in particular with a month of December particularly greedy in PCR and antigenic screenings, with the emergence of the Omicron variant before the end of year celebrations. Thirty million tests were carried out in December alone, or one seventh of the total tests since the start of the pandemic, said the minister.
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1 billion euros, “a plausible order of magnitude”
Olivier Dussopt, on the other hand, refused to confirm or deny the cost of the bill for the tests in December for social security, the newspaper The echoes having advanced Tuesday the figure of 1 billion euros. “It’s a completely plausible order of magnitude”, all the same said the minister, specifying that an evaluation of the final amount is in progress but that it is too early to give a precise figure.
Free PCR and antigen tests are funded by social security and are compensated by the state. “These are the best possible investments”, Olivier Dussopt said on Tuesday, because they protect “The health and capacity of the economy to function”.