CORONAVIRUS/7-Eleven, Cosmed to sell COVID-19 saliva-based test kits from Saturday

05/13/2022 10:16 PM
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The first saliva rapid test that hit the market in Taiwan. CNA photo May 13, 2022
The first saliva rapid test that hit the market in Taiwan. CNA photo May 13, 2022

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Retailers 7-Eleven and Cosmed announced Friday that they will start selling COVID-19 rapid saliva-based test kits at a select number of stores from Saturday amid high demand following a surge in cases in Taiwan.

The first among Taiwan's major convenience stores to start such an offer, 7-Eleven said that 70 designated branches in Taipei and New Taipei would each have 100 Gmate COVID-19 Ag Saliva test kits in stock from 9 a.m. Saturday.

The single-use test kits will be priced at NT$175 (US$6) each, with shoppers allowed to buy a maximum of two tests at one time, according to 7-Eleven.

Cosmed also said it will distribute 20 five-test Gmate kits to each of its 30 designated branch stores in Taipei and New Taipei.

Each packet will be priced at NT$875, and customers will be limited to one kit per purchase, Cosmed said.

(By Tseng Chi-yi and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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