Germany grants special approval for first COVID-19 self-test kits
Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced the approval in an interview with the German public broadcaster ZDF. "Testing is an opportunity now even in this difficult phase of the pandemic," said Spahn.
The self-test kits would go on sale in stores such as discounters throughout Germany in the coming days, according to Spahn.
According to the BfArM, the manufacturers of the approved kits are U.S. company Healgen Scientific LLC and the Chinese companies Xiamen Boson Biotech Co., Ltd and Hangzhou Laihe Biotech Ltd., Co.
Germany's COVID-19 cabinet stressed last Monday that rapid tests were an important means to allow an easing of the lockdown in Germany. The country remains in a COVID-19 lockdown, which will last until at least March 7. Strict contact restrictions apply, and non-essential shops, restaurants and leisure facilities are closed.
To date, more than 2.4 million COVID-19 infections have been officially registered in Germany since the outbreak of the pandemic. In 24 hours, 422 coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the country, bringing the cumulative death toll to 68,740.