Cyprus on Thursday hit back at statement by a Greek minister who called into question the reliability of PCR Covid tests on the island because they were inexpensive.
First to respond was Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides on Twitter who slammed the Greek minister for development Adonis Georgiadis for criticising the testing in Cyprus, calling it unreliable ostensibly because the PCR tests are so cheap.
Michaelides, in his tweet pointed out that PCRT tests had started out at €150 in the private sector and €110 in the state sector and had decreased in only two months to €50.
“Then, the constant competition in public tenders has dropped the prices to €15. The specifications are in line with EU standards,” Michaelides said.
On the occasion of statements and publications regarding the reliability of molecular tests performed in our country and their cost, the Ministry of Health clarifies the following:
Later on Thursday, in a written statement, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas, without referring to the circumstances, or the Greek minister, said all consumables used in Cyprus for testing for Covid-19 “meet the strictest standards set by the European Centre for Diseases Control (ECDC) and are licensed in Europe, and are the same ones used in most other European countries.
In order to objectively compare the cost of conducting molecular tests in different countries, various factors and parameters should be taken into account, he added, such as the competitive processes and the policy developed by each country to provide services to citizens.
“Cyprus is one of the leading countries in terms of health crisis management, as synergies and collaborations have taken place between the public and private sectors to ensure the required resources and expertise,” he said.