The World Health Organization has urged manufacturers to make Covid-19 testing kits more readily available and affordable.
Executive director of the WHO health emergencies programme, Dr. Mike Ryan says high costs remain a barrier to testing.
He says low levels of testing lead to a further spread of the virus in, for example, office buildings where a lot of people congregate.
Ryan says reduced testing may also lead to the incorrect assumption that infections are on the decrease.
Watch the full briefing here.
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Some countries are lifting all public health and social measures despite high numbers of #COVID19 cases/deaths. @DrMikeRyan and Dr @mvankerkhove explain why slow approach is better ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/hS3aJLNJcJ
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 17, 2022