The Government distributes more than 750,000 rapid antibody detection tests among the regional governments
The Government has begun today to distribute 793,200 rapid antibody detection tests to the regional governments, which join the batch of more than two million that it has already distributed. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, a total of 2,802,400 units have reached the regional governments.
This new consignment of 793,200 rapid tests is part of the purchase of 5 million units purchased by the Ministry of Health, whose delivery will be completed in the coming days.
Currently, PCR is the diagnostic technique of reference, but these rapid antibody detection tests, whose reliability has been studied at the National Centre for Microbiology with samples from patients from various hospitals, complement them. The guidelines for the use of rapid antibody detection tests are included in the Guide published on the website of the Ministry of Health.
More than 90.9 million units of sanitary material
The Government of Spain, through the Ministry of Health, maintains the daily strengthening of the National Health System by sending material to the regional authorities. Between March 10 and until this Thursday, April 23, more than 90.9 million units of medical equipment have been distributed among the autonomous communities, including protective equipment, detection tests and ventilation devices.
The largest volume of distribution is that of masks with more than 53 million units distributed. Yesterday, in addition, a new plane arrived with 12.8 million surgical masks that will be distributed in the coming days.
The protective equipment sent to the regional authorities includes, in addition to masks, nitrile gloves (about 27.7 million units have been distributed), protective glasses (218,476 units), divers (415,578 units), disposable gowns (313,553) hydroalcoholic solutions (313,654 units) and accessories such as leggings, hats and aprons (747,371 units).