4 Nov - 2 min read
Consumers can now purchase the COVID-19 self-test kits at supermarkets, convenience stores, and petrol stations for as low as RM 6.90 per unit, expanding the availability from clinics and pharmacies prior to this. Prior to this, the COVID-19 self-test kits were only sold at selected clinics and pharmacies upon receiving conditional approval from the Medical Device Authority.
According to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, the sale of these kits at a low purchase price is good news as far as consumers are concerned, considering the demand for self-tests kits for the foreseeable future. Even better, the new prices are considerably lower than the ceiling prices of RM19.90 per unit.
“The decision to expand the sales of the COVID-19 test kits would be seen as beneficial and result in a drop in prices, improve competitiveness in the retail sector, and maintain supply,” he explained further. Nanta also added that although his ministry was informed that the prices of these kits are now at RM 6.90 per unit, there were kits being sold at outlets such as KK Super Mart at an even lower price of RM 6.60 per unit.
As of Thursday, 28 October 2021, 2,570 business premises nationwide were given the green light to sell the self-test kits, of which 494 outlets are under the management of KK Supermart & Superstore Sdn Bhd.
A new ceiling price of the test kits would be announced soon, which would be determined based on several aspects, including the interest of consumers and traders. “The existing ceiling price will be reduced to a level that is considered fair to consumers and businesses. We need to ensure that consumers can purchase the items according to their needs for brand and quality while, at the same time, the price must also take into account that businesses will need to import the kits,” Nanta said.
(Source: The Star)
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