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Made in China works! DOH clarifies: ‘Inaccurate’ COVID-19 test kits came from private foundation

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test kits which the Department of Health (DOH) deferred from using came from a private organization, the agency clarified Sunday (March 29).

In a statement, the DOH said the test kits which were reportedly 40-percent inaccurate came from a private group.

“[T]he test kits mentioned during the press briefing by the Department last 28 March 2020 referred to another brand of test kit that was proposed to be donated by a private foundation. Upon preliminary review of documents by RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine), subsequent valudation was necessary,” the DOH said.

The agency said the 2,000 BGI RT-PCR test kits and the 100,000 Sansure RT-PCR test kits donated by the Chinese government met World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

The DOH said it apologizes for any confusion caused by earlier statements made about the test kits.

On Saturday (March 28), Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the test kits from China cannot be useed because they were inaccurate.

In a tweet posted Sunday, the Chinese Embassy disputed Vergeire’s claim about the supposed inaccuracy of the test kits from China. It posted Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s text message to Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.

“Hi! There is nothing wrong with the REAL TIME-POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION (PCR) machine which is used for generating positive or negative result as the case may be!,” said Duque to Huang.

“Again your Test Kits BGI and SANSURE BIOTECHNOLOGY are very good and up to the standards as those which were donated by WHO and approved by our RITM. AGAIN OUR GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO YOU AND THE CHINESE government,” Duque added.

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