DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (File photo)

MANILA – Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday clarified that rapid antibody test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cannot be purchased in drug stores.

“I stand corrected, rapid antibody tests cannot be bought in pharmacies as it cannot be self-administered. Only facilities with the guidance of a doctor can provide the tests,” Vergeire told reporters.

She added that a person can only get tested in a facility with the guidance of doctors.

The Health official made the clarification shortly after her interview at the Laging Handa briefing, where she said that the sale of these kits is now allowed as long as these are registered with the Food and Drug Administration. (PNA)