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EU sets aside 100 million euros for rapid virus tests

Virus is quickly spreading throughout Europe

28 October, 19:35
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, 28 OTT - Brussels has set aside 100 million euros for quicker tests for coronavirus as Europe faces a second wave of the epidemic, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday.

"Rapid antigen tests are now coming to the market. This can play a significant role, but we will propose an EU approach to approval," the president of the European Commission said. A day before an emergency videoconference of EU leaders, von der Leyen said the European Commission would push for better coordinated action on tracking and tracing virus cases across the bloc. The antigen test for the coronavirus is not seen as being as reliable as the so-called "PCR test", in which a sample taken from a nasal swab is sent to a lab for testing. But it is much quicker, with results available at the testing point within 15 minutes, and European experts think the virus is now moving too quickly to rely on tests that can take days. "Data from the CDC show that the virus is quickly spreading throughout Europe, we are deeply into the second wave. Now more and more people are getting infected," von der Leyen said. (ANSA-AFP).

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