Govt considering lower Covid-19 self-test kit ceiling price ahead of schedule

Govt considering lower Covid-19 self-test kit ceiling price ahead of schedule

KUALA TERENGGANU – The government is considering a new controlled price for Covid-19 self-test kits earlier than the expected date in December, said Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid.

He said discussions on the matter involving various stakeholders are under way.

Rosol said the opening of the economic, tourism and education sectors in stages and relaxation of standard operating procedures under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) would make the Covid-19 self-test kits an essential item that is part of the new normal. 

“Therefore, the government is concerned about ensuring consumers can get the kit at a better price and the business continuity of industry players,” he said in a statement today.

On the enforcement of the Covid-19 self-test kit price controls, which came into effect on September 5, Rosol said of the 3,106 premises checked, 348 were found selling the kits below RM19.90 per unit and RM16 each for wholesale, while 2,554 sold it at prices set by the government.

“The ministry welcomes the initiative taken by industry players in helping to reduce the burden of the people by offering the kits at a lower price.” 

Rosol also said that, beginning next month, the self-test kits would not only be available at pharmacies and clinics, but also at premises such as supermarkets and convenience shops.

“However, the ministry must first ensure that these premises have sufficient information on the conditions for the sale of the Covid-19 self-test kits, including complying with product labelling requirements and handling methods to facilitate the public in getting the items.” – Bernama