Laboratory sues government over covid testing scheme

Bionext laboratories is taking the Luxembourg government to court over what is claims is unfair competition in the large-scale testing programme.

The laboratory already threatened legal action in June when the government turned the large-scale testing (LST) programme into an on-demand service.

It now said the government didn’t comply with rules on calls for tender, granting emergency authorisation to Laboratoires Réunis for the first LST phase and then making it mandatory for competitors to use the Fast Tracks Diagnostics test kit to be eligible.

Only Laboratoires Réunis used compatible technology, with Bionext and another laboratory, Ketterthill, excluded from the second phase for relying on other testing material. Bionext CEO Jean-Luc Dourson on Thursday said the laboratory doesn’t question the scheme or free testing but objects to the government giving monopoly to one provider.

A third testing phase also didn’t follow proper procedures, Bionext said, after switching to a new testing system ahead of the summer when the government introduced the CovidCheck, which requires people to prove they have been vaccinated or tested negative, for example, when travelling or to gain access to nightclubs or other venues.

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