Inaccurate COVID-19 test kits not from China

THE Embassy of China in the Philippines yesterday clarified that the inaccurate coronavirus-19 test kits were not donated by Beijing.

A statement was issued by the Chinese Embassy after  an official of the Department of  Health (DOH) on Saturday said that some of the test kits donated by China have only 40 percent accuracy rate so they decided not to use it because it fails to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

The test kits mentioned by the DOH official on March 28, 2020 during the press briefing were neither tested by RITM which did not receive any kit sample for lab validation nor donated by the Chinese government, the Embassy said.

Citing a clarification from the DOH, the Embassy said "the two batches of 2,000 BGI PCR-type test kits and 100,000 Sansure PCR-type test kits donated by the Chinese government have been assessed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine(RITM) to be at par with World Health Organization-provided kits, and those test kits are of high quality and standards and have no accuracy problems, which are being used in Philippine test laboratories and have helped accelerate the testing process."

"The Chinese Embassy firmly rejects any irresponsible remarks and any attempts to undermine our cooperation in this regard," the statement said.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China has continually provided assistance as needed to support the Philippines' battle against the epidemic, the Embassy said.

It added "at this moment of crisis, we should fight in solidarity to overcome the epidemic at the earliest date."