Testing, testing, testing: the trade associations put pressure on. Because with rapid tests for the general public, normality could return – or at least the corona pandemic could be contained.
Because Alain Bersets (48) Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has been applying for approval of a rapid test for a month. The test by the South Korean company PCL is already in use in numerous European countries, for example in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Spain, writes the “SonntagsZeitung”. An uncomfortable swab nasal swab is not necessary.
Application for approval is still around
The BAG does not want to say anything to the newspaper about the approval process, including why it is taking so long. It needs a thorough review of tests. “ The BAG is trying to make high-quality tests possible for use outside the laboratories as quickly as possible,” says BAG spokesman Daniel Dauwalder.
However, the BAG is fundamentally critical of saliva tests that are examined directly and not in a laboratory using the PCR method, the “SonntagsZeitung” wants to know. “In these rapid tests, around ten percent of those tested would be shown as negative, even though they were carrying the virus,” the newspaper quotes the BAG. In making this statement, the office relies on a study from October at Geneva University Hospital.
Manufacturer insists on effectiveness
The quick test from PCL was not even on the market at the time. The manufacturer leads a study by the German Red Cross. With this the test achieved a formidable sensitivity of 94 percent. “This study and other studies on the effectiveness of our test have been available to the FOPH for weeks,” says PCL.
In the Sunday newspaper “SonntagsZeitung”, business and trade demand that the BAG step on the gas and allow the cheap saliva rapid test. This is available for bulk buyers for less than ten francs. It does not require a laboratory evaluation and can be carried out by any adult. (uro)
Here you will find an overview of the different tests in Switzerland.