COVID-19 tests available in Taiwanese convenience stores today

Licensed convenience stores 7-Eleven and Hi-Life will begin selling COVID-19 home testing kits on Wednesday, while OK Mart will start Thursday and FamilyMart will start on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Licensed convenience stores 7-Eleven and Hi-Life will begin selling COVID-19 home testing kits on Wednesday, while OK Mart will start Thursday and FamilyMart will start on Saturday.

According to local Chinese-language media CNA (中央社), 7-Eleven will begin selling COVID-19 tests made by Taiwanese company TaiDoc Technology Corporation (泰博科技) after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The tests would be sold individually instead of in boxes, at NT$350, reported CNA. Unfortunately, they will only be available in cities north of Taoyuan. The tests will be available in stores all around Taiwan after July 1.

The TaiDoc testing kits and the SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test, made by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche (羅氏), will also be available in Cosmed (康是美) in boxes of five.

The TaiDoc tests will be available in stores in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, and Taoyuan City starting on Thursday, while the Roche tests will be available in stores nationwide starting on Saturday.

Furthermore, Hi-Life announced that tests would only be sold in their Dihua Store in the Datong District and the Wugong Store in the Wugu District.

CNA reported that the tests will go on sale at 3 p.m. on Wednesday with a limited supply of 100 boxes of the TaiDoc test in each store. The box of five tests would be sold at NT$1,700, said CNA.

Additionally, OK Mart announced that the preorder of the Roche tests will begin on Thursday, with each box of five costing NT$ 1,900. The product will be ready for pick-up starting on July 9.

FamilyMart also announced the release of both brands of COVID-19 tests throughout 3,800 of their stores in the country. Pre-order for the tests begins on Saturday, with the pick-up date being the next day at the earliest.

According to reports, a box of five Roche tests is priced at NT$ 1,800 while a box of 20 TaiDoc tests costs NT$5,800.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署) had announced previously that licensed convenience stores would be able to sell home-based testing kits in order to efficiently and conveniently distribute COVID-19 tests to those in need.