Free COVID-19 test kits are found on the black market south of the border

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) – San Diego County Libraries have distributed tens of thousands of COVID-19 home test kits over the past few weeks to everyone who has shown up.

Without any record of who gets them or how many, it is well known that many people visit various libraries on a daily basis and collect and accumulate a large number of test kits.

So it’s no surprise that many of these tests, intended for people in the United States, were taken south of the border.

“My parents are one of them,” said Sandy, a resident of Chula Vista, Calif., Who admitted that her parents received several test kits and took them to relatives in Tijuana.

COVID-19 self-test kits that have been distributed free to libraries in San Diego County. (Salvador Rivera / Report on the border)

“There are a lot of people who need it and they don’t know what they have, they think it’s just a common cold. A lot of people don’t have vaccines either; it’s not as simple as we get it here, ”she said. “Go out and get a free test to take at home”

Sandy said very few tests are available in Mexico, with test sites charging 500 pesos or around $ 25 per test.

“It’s expensive to get tested, 500 pesos is not easy to pay for a lot of people and there aren’t a lot of places where they can get tested,” she said.

Border Report has discovered that some of the tests end up on the black market and are sold online for around $ 18.

Sandy said her parents did not sell the tests they received in San Diego, although she said she had a problem with selling the tests.

“Instead of these people selling them, they should give them to these people who need a test, you never know you could save a life.”

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