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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

11/11/2020 – Joint Press Release – Economic Policy

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The federal government wants to promote investments in production facilities for point-of-care (PoC) antigen tests in Germany. That is what the cabinet decided today. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Health (BMG) will soon jointly draw up a corresponding funding guideline. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier “With antigen tests, we can quickly and easily tell whether a person is infectious or not. We have to assume that the demand for antigen tests will continue to increase significantly. With the funding program, we will support investments in innovative systems and products in order to establish competitive productions of antigen tests in Germany. In this way we contribute to the successful fight against the corona pandemic, secure added value and jobs in Germany and become more independent of supply chains overall. “Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn:” For rapid tests, the German health system must be able to rely on the domestic economy. Since demand is increasing rapidly, we are now promoting the further expansion of domestic production here as well. In such a sensitive area as health, we need more independence from the Asian market. ”The program is intended to support companies that invest in production capacities for suitable PoC antigen tests. In doing so, incentives for innovations should also be set. Half of the planned funding of up to 200 million euros will be provided by the BMWi and half by the BMG. PoC antigen tests are easy to use, inexpensive and deliver a result within approx. 15 minutes. They don’t have to be processed in the laboratory. The Coronavirus Test Ordinance (TestV), which came into force on October 15, 2020, regulates the widespread use of PoC antigen tests in the healthcare sector. This adaptation of the national test strategy will lead to a considerable increase in the demand for PoC antigen tests.

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