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Emergency supply agency orders 6m rapid Covid tests for schools, delivery in 3 weeks

According to a ministerial mandate, the cost of procuring the tests should not exceed 10 million euros, including logistics.

The rapid tests should be delivered to schools by the middle of February, the agency said. Image: Mårten Lampén / Yle

The National Emergency Supply Agency (Nesa) has placed an order for six million rapid at-home Covid tests which are intended to be distributed to schools across the country.

The procurement comes on the back of a joint mandate issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

According to the mandate, the cost of procuring the tests should not exceed 10 million euros, including logistics. Finland's government has already set aside additional budget to cover the cost of buying and delivering the tests.

In a press release on Thursday, the agency said that the first batches of tests will be distributed to municipalities in about three weeks' time, with additional batches delivered over the following weeks.

Some of the risks associated with procuring the rapid tests include problems with product availability, delivery times, and logistics.