March 23, 2023

More than 10 million tests can be performed each week in France, without risk of shortage

DECRYPTION – If there is no worry about stocks, the strong demand, however, puts laboratory staff “on the knees”, according to the president of the Union of young medical biologists.

In front of medical biology laboratories and pharmacies, the queues for diagnostic tests for Sars-CoV-2 infection are endless. A record attendance has been observed for two weeks and nearly 7 million tests were carried out in France during Christmas week, two-thirds of which by means of antigenic tests and the rest in the form of PCR tests, according to the Research Department. , studies, evaluation and statistics of the Ministry of Health. Demand is still growing because of Omicron’s high contagiousness, the record number of people infected, their contact cases and new isolation rules announced on January 3 by the government. More than 200,000 new daily cases are officially recorded and Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, recently estimated that nearly half a million people are infected every day by Omicron.

“We have a record attendance, confirms François Blanchecotte …

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