A team of Greek researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, have developed an easy-to-use diagnostic test for Covid-19, suitable for testing large numbers of people, such as students, industrial workers and nursing home workers. 


About 1,950,000 household do-it-yourself coronavirus testing kits (in multipacks of 25) had arrived in Greece until Friday, of which 1,600,000 were distributed to around 100 warehouses supplying private pharmacies.


Greece’s Vaccination Committee, which is responsible for designing and monitoring the push for nationwide coronavirus immunization, on Friday decided to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 30.

A vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine [Carlos Osorio/Reuters]

UK-based health policy expert Elias Mosialos on Thursday recommended that Athens reach out to London on the way forward with its vaccination program given recent developments concerning the AstraZeneca vaccine.


Greece’s National Committee of Vaccinations is considering whether to restrict the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to a specific age group, because of the risk of a rare blood clot syndrome, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday.

Petros Kassarjian displays rapid antigen COVID-19 self-testing kits at his drugstore, as the country starts free distribution, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece April 7, 2021. [Costas Baltas/Reuters]

Kits for self-administered coronavirus tests began arriving in Greek pharmacies Wednesday, with each resident entitled to one free of charge per week as part of efforts to tackle a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

A National Organization for Public Health (EODY) worker processes a swab in a mobile coronavirus testing unit on downtown Athens’ Ermou Street on Tuesday. EODY dispatches testing units to different parts of the country every day in a bid to encourage widespread public testing. [Panagiotis Tzamaros/InTime News]

Greece appeared to be heading for a fresh high of daily coronavirus infections on Tuesday, with the tally by midday coming to more than 3,500 cases, according to a medical expert.