Schwerin (dpa / mv) - After the criticism of the slow supply of corona vaccine, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) also accused the federal government of serious deficits in the preparation of the corona rapid tests.

“It is disappointing that the federal government has not taken any precautions so that the self-tests can now be sent to the federal states, for example to protect daycare centers and schools.

I don't understand why self-tests that are now on the market go to discount stores, but have not been ordered for day care centers and schools, ”said Schwesig on Thursday in Schwerin.

The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania decided this week to buy two million of these self-tests.

These are to be used in schools and daycare centers.

They hope the order will be shipped before the tests go on the open market.

But there is no guarantee for this.

The first discounters have already announced the start of sales.

The offer by the federal government to be able to order such tests via a platform from April came too late.

Until then, the countries would have to help themselves.

The aim is to regularly provide free quick tests for educators, daycare children, teachers and students.

In addition, it should be ensured that every citizen in the country can be tested for a corona infection free of charge once a week from the coming week.


According to the Federal Ministry of Health, there are enough tests on the market for the planned free corona rapid tests by trained staff as an offer for all citizens.

According to the manufacturer, 150 million rapid tests are already on the dump today and can be delivered directly, the ministry announced on Thursday.

States and municipalities would only have to access these.

In self-tests for at home, of which the first products have been approved, the federal government has secured more than 200 million pieces.

Talks were ongoing with other manufacturers.

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