The Tocumen International Airport assured that it asked the laboratories that make up the Pty Covid Free consortium, which performs tests to detect covid-19 in the air terminal, to comply with the requirements demanded by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
The clarification comes after a complaint that a laboratory that operates at the Tocumen Airport supposedly does not appear on the endorsement list of the Gorgas
Memorial Institute .
According to the air terminal, due to the short time between the issuance of the decree that orders that people who enter the country have a negative PCR or covid
antigen swab test, and the date where the tests were required to be performed, they were seen on the need to grant the service in temporary concession.
The concession, assured the Tocumen Airport, was granted based on Article 17 of the Concessions Regulations, which indicates that concessions will be granted by direct contracting when, due to the need to provide the service, there is not enough time to carry out the bidding process.
Due to the complexity of the operation and the high volume of passenger traffic, it was impossible to find a single laboratory that in that short time could have the amount of equipment and human resources to carry out the service. A group of companies between laboratories and pharmaceutical companies joined in a consortium to be able to comply with all the requirements demanded by the Ministry of Health, the statement indicates.
In addition, the air terminal stressed that it is up to the Minsa
to determine whether the evidence presented by the passengers entering the country, meet or not meet the requirements.