The Ministry of Health has already distributed more than six million tests for professional use from the national reserve and acquired by the National Institute of Health Management (INGESA) among the autonomous communities and cities.
In the month of January alone, the Ministry has distributed one million of these professional tests and a shipment of a similar amount is expected to take place in the coming days. The distribution of has been carried out taking into account objective criteria among the autonomous communities and cities that have requested this support from the Ministry of Health.
The Early Response Plan, in a scenario of control of the COVID-19 pandemic, establishes that the autonomous communities and cities must guarantee sufficient capacity for human and material resources, both in primary care and in hospitals, to allow them to respond to the extra activity associated with an increase in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as well as guaranteeing the availability of personal protection equipment appropriate to the type of care and the training of personnel in its use. The strategic reserve is tasked with supporting communities when they find themselves in supply difficulties.
The million tests distributed this January form part of a consignment of five million tests recently acquired by INGESA and that are for professional use, so they cannot be compared with the self-diagnostic tests that are purchased in pharmacies and whose price is regulated. These are technically different products due to their level of sensitivity and diagnostic spectrum.
INGESA, since the beginning of the pandemic, has been in charge of buying the necessary material to support the autonomous communities and cities, thus contributing to the strengthening of the National Health System.
The last purchase of these products took place in the month of December and the contracting procedure has been processed by emergency due to the unavoidable need to have stock in the strategic reserve of the SNS due to the increase in requests that the autonomous communities were making to the Ministry. INGESA requested offers from seven companies in the sector.