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Gov't expands retail availability of COVID rapid tests

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Hungary's government is allowing retailers that aren't licensed pharmacies to sell COVID antigen rapid diagnostic tests, state news wire MTI reports, citing a decree published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

The measure, in force from Wednesday, is in line with European Union rules on COVID rapid tests, the decree noted.

Hungary's Competition Office (GVH) issued a recommendation two weeks earlier on expanding the availability of rapid COVID tests to a broader range of retailers. The GVH also said it could propose a price cap on the tests if competition on the retail market doesn't intensify.

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