by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by BERNAMA
THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) will issue a new ceiling price for the Covid-19 self-test kits after several factors are refined and finalised this November.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said an assessment has been made at the industry level before determining the new wholesale and retail ceiling prices for the self-test kits.
He noted that based on the information he received, there were about 6 million test kits on the market with the sale price that was set on Sept 5.
“KPDNHEP notes that there are approximately 6 million Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits (self-test) already on the market.
“The pricing implemented by the government on Sept 5, 2021 also takes into account the costs involved in bringing in and producing the Covid-19 antigen rapid test kits (self-test),” he said in a statement today.
The minister also added that the government has received feedback from the industry regarding the ceiling price that should be considered in order to ensure adequate and continuous supply.
Meanwhile, Nanta Linggi said KPDNHEP is also in discussions with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to enable more premises to sell the self-test kits such as supermarkets.
At the same time, he said there are already supermarkets that have agreed to sell the self-test kits at a lower price than the price that was set by the government previously.
According to Nanta Linggi, the sale of self-test kits in supermarkets is expected to be implemented by the end of Oct 2021.
He added that KPDNHEP will always monitor prices and competition as a result of the expansion of the sales of self-test kits to other premises than pharmacies and clinics.
“I hope all parties involved in the sale of these self-test kits will take note and provide cooperation for the benefit of all parties.
“This joint effort is also hoped to help the country out of this pandemic and further revive various sectors in the country, including the domestic economic sector,” he noted.