“We are going to enter into a protocol with the National Association of Pharmacies (ANF), which will allow our students to be tested at zero cost to families and schools,” the president of ANDAEP, Filinto Lima, told Lusa.

The information about the agreement should reach ANDAEP members on Monday and it will be up to each school to define how it intends to carry out the screening campaign for its students.

“You can take the tests at pharmacies or schools”, explained Filinto Lima, noting that currently everyone is entitled to four free tests per month and “this opportunity must be capitalised on”.

The agreement came about as a way to “get around the predictable absence of tests for our students”, added Filinto Lima, referring to the school community testing campaign that started this week but left out students.