UAthens Lab Will Do COVID-19 Tests, Mobile Prescriptions Allowed


The prescription page. Photo: GOV.GR

ATHENS – The University of Athens will get funding from the the National Public Health Organization (EODY) for laboratories to help in the diagnosis of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and research into the disease.

The two labs are in the Microbiology Department and the Epidemiology, Hygiene and Medical Statistics Laboratory, each to get 350,000 euros ($390,897) to try to find preventive measures against secondary infection, and research into figuring out the virus’ clinical and epidemiological nature, said Kathimerini.

That comes as the New Democracy government, which imposed a lockdown for all but essential missions outside of homes gave people the option of buying medications from pharmacists through mobile phones instead of a written prescription from a doctor.

That can be done through the the website through an application that will begin March 30 on a trial basis, a week after the general shutdown of the country.

The joint initiative by the ministries of Digital Governance and Health seeks to simplify the process for citizens, doctors and pharmacists while keeping safety, transparency and privacy at all stages, the report said.

Doctors will also be able to prescribe remote prescriptions for those with chronic diseases, relieving vulnerable members of the population of the need to leave their homes to get one.