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World: COVID-19. The tests will cost "a little more than a billion and a half" in the state in January

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Le ministre délégué aux Comptes publics estime à un milliard et demi le coût des tests en janvier. Photo d’illustration. © Martin Roche / West-France the Minister delegated to the public accounts estimates a billion and a half the cost of testing in January. Photo Stock Illustration.

The Minister Delegate to the Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt has advanced the cost of a billion and a half euros for the tests carried out in January. For vaccinations, a large part of the tests are supported by social security.

broad access to the state-owned Covid-19 screening should cost "a little more than one billion and a half euros in January" , said Monday 17 January the Minister Delegate to the Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt, under the effect of the Omicron wave.

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already one billion in December

"We spent more than one billion euros for the tests last December with 28 million tests, and I think we will spend a little more than a billion and a half of Euros in January ", said the minister, questioned about the South Radio antenna.

started in December, the wave caused by the Omicron variant resulted in a rush to the CVIV-19 screenings, whether PCR tests, antigenic tests or autototes.

Cost Differences

A large part of CVIV-19 screening tests are performed free of charge, especially in the case of vaccination status in good standing. They are then funded by social security and are the subject of compensation by the state.

"All tests do not have the same cost, antigenics are cheaper than PCRs in terms of public finances" , also highlighted the minister, saying: "We have always said that investments in the medical field , tests, vaccination, were good investments ".

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Five Billions for Vaccination

With regard to the cost of immunization last year, Olivier Dussopt said the invoice had represented "just over 5 billion euros" , and that it would cost " several billion euros in 2022 ", suggesting that it could be lower than the amount spent in 2021.

The cost of the health invoice " does not prevent us from finding a more sustainable public finance trajectory " The minister, who affirmed the day before in the columns of the Sunday newspaper that the public deficit of France would ultimately be "close to 7%" of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, while the government was still expecting on 8 , 2% last year.

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