Beijing, May 25 – China has asked local authorities to further lower the price of Covid-19 nucleic acid tests to no more than 16 yuan (nearly $2.4) per person for a single test.
The price for batch testing, which combines samples from up to 10 people in a single test, should be no more than five yuan per person, said a circular made public by the National Healthcare Security Administration on Wednesday.
The administration requires all provincial-level regions to complete the price adjustment by June 10, Xinhua news agency reported.
The move is part of the government’s efforts to reduce the cost of nucleic acid testing, an important means to facilitate regular epidemic response.
The nucleic acid test price in China has dropped over the past years from more than 120 yuan per person for a single test to no more than 60 yuan in September 2021, 40 yuan in December 2021, and 28 yuan in April 2022.
The administration also encouraged measures, including centralised procurement of detection reagents, to secure a continuous and reasonable decline in the testing price.