The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia plans to initiate a case for the sale of express tests for coronavirus to the population in retail chains, testing for COVID-19 should be carried out by specialists, said the head of the department Igor Artemyev.
"We have received an explanation from Rospotrebnadzor and Roszdravnadzor that only qualified medical personnel who have the appropriate licenses can use test systems to detect COVID-19. This means that selling express tests to retail chains is a violation of the law ... We are preparing an appropriate antitrust case which will be instituted in the near future, investigated and those responsible will be punished for this," he said in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
Artemyev also noted that there is no shortage of express tests in Russia.
"It is clear that people who do not have the appropriate medical qualifications can make a tragic mistake in anxiety and harm their health and the health of loved ones. Therefore, I urge all citizens to do express tests in relevant medical institutions. Thank God, in Moscow and throughout Russia, we have enough of them," he stressed.
As of July 14, express tests for antibodies to coronavirus can be found on the websites of Russian pharmacies and marketplaces; prices range from several thousand to several tens of thousands of rubles.