Circle K Plans To Sell COVID-19 Antigen Tests From Today
Circle K has announced it will start selling COVID-19 antigen tests in all stores, excluding Circle K Express, from today Friday 4 June.
Tests are priced at €8 for an individual test. Circle K customers will be able to purchase two tests for €14 and three tests for €20.
The forecourt and convenience retailer said the antigen test product has been manufactured in Germany and is being supplied through award-winning, Irish pharmaceutical company, MyBio, an exclusive supplier of many of the world’s leading bioscience reagents and rapid tests to the Irish market.
The test is easy to administer and provides results within 15 minutes. It is designed for the rapid qualitative determination of SARS-CoV-2 virus antigen, the company said.
EU certified, the antigen test has a 97.83% accuracy rate in detecting proteins of the virus and has shown to be effective in the detection of symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers, it added.
According to Circle K, it is not intended as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude a COVID-19 case.
Gordon Lawlor, managing director, Circle K Ireland commented, “As society continues to reopen and with strong progress on the vaccine rollout front, we feel there is a demand for access to antigen testing products to help further manage the risk associated with this virus.”
“We see the use of antigen tests as a complementary additional safety measure alongside the existing public health advice and Government guidance. It is really important that customers continue to abide by these measures and exercise good judgement when it comes to the usage of antigen tests,” he added.