Madrid does not understand why the Ministry of Health has not yet responded to their proposal to do antigen tests in pharmacies. The Executive directed by Isabel Díaz Ayuso has been trying for two months to implement this system that already works in countries such as France and the United Kingdom.
In addition, at the end of November a protocol was sent to the department of Salvador Illa to incorporate around a thousand apothecaries in the region to the diagnostic strategy against Covid-19. Díaz Ayuso even asked Brussels for help in this matter. This Wednesday, in the Interterritorial, they expected a response that did not arrive.
“It is very difficult for us to understand why there is no answer,” confessed Enrique Ruiz Escudero, Minister of Health, while Vice Minister Antonio Zapatero assured that this wait is a waste of time. “We have been requesting it for more than two months. Every minute counts in the battle against Covid-19, “said Vice President Ignacio Aguado.” You cannot have an administration waiting, “José Luis Martínez-Almeida said.
Illa defended himself saying that the matter is complex and needs an in-depth study of the documentation presented by Madrid. “We are analyzing the proposal very carefully. We will proceed not in a hurry, but surely,” he said after the Interterritorial. When the technicians reach a conclusion, said the minister, they will organize a bilateral meeting with the regional Executive to communicate the decision..