Thai doctors react to buying Chinese test kits

Thai doctors react to buying Chinese test kits - Photo 1.

COVID-19 rapid test kit – Photo: THE NATION THAILAND

Currently, many countries/regions use COVID-19 test kits, both self-manufactured and imported. Some countries mainly use domestic goods, and some countries mainly use goods imported from abroad. There are countries that want to avoid depending on imports.

Thailand are using a large number of rapid COVID-19 test kits imported from China and South Korea. Thai domestic companies have also ramped up production of test kits. However, the import issue has caused some controversy.

September 13, newspaper Pattaya Mail announced the first shipment of 3 million antigen test kits (ATK) – out of a total of 8.5 million ATK kits approved by the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) of Thailand. purchased – has been delivered.

GPO, a Thai state-owned enterprise, said the purchase of the test kits was transparent. These test kits are manufactured by Beijing Lepu Medical Technology Company (China). The kits will be distributed to hospitals and pharmacies nationwide in Thailand.

Before that, in August, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health gave the green light to GPO to buy 8.5 million antigen test kits from Lepu Company, after when completing the bidding to import this product.

However, according to the newspaper Bangkok Post, the Rural Doctors’ Association (RDS) has warned that the GPO and state agencies in Thailand will be liable if they buy 8.5 million test kits. They argue that the quality of these tests is questionable and that the GPO’s choice to buy is “based on price, not quality and accuracy of the test kit”.

Previously, on May 28, Lepu’s antigen test kit was recalled in the US due to the “high risk of false positive results when using these test kits”, according to the FDA. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States.

South Africa wants to reduce dependence on imports

In Taiwan, this territory has allowed domestically produced COVID-19 test kits to be sold at 4 major convenience store chains, starting from June 23 this year.

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the sale and use of 5 COVID-19 test kits (can be tested at home), including 1 domestically produced and 4 purchased from abroad.

While, Singapore send home COVID-19 test kits to households by mail from August 28, 2021 to September 27. Each household will receive 6 rapid antigen test kits.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has approved the use of rapid antigen testing kits purchased from SD BioSensor (Korea), BD (USA), Quidel (USA), Abbott (USA)…

In August, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation South Africa Blade Nzimande said South Africa has begun production of its first rapid PCR test kits, to stop reliance on imports and improve South Africa’s competitiveness.

“Ensuring the production of vaccines and testing kits domestically means that South Africa does not need to depend on life-saving products imported from abroad. This is important, because the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed see how difficult it is for developing countries to compete with richer countries in terms of access to such products,” Nzimande pointed out.

In ChinaIn November 2020, the Chinese Health Administration approved the first 2 COVID-19 antigen detection kits. These kits can shorten the test time to 20 minutes, according to the sheet Global Times.

As of April 27, 620 COVID-19 test kit manufacturers have been put on a “white list” to conduct expedited review procedures for export, according to the report. China Daily.

Earlier this year, China banned the export of test kits from unlicensed companies, after the country received numerous complaints about quality and accuracy from European buyers.

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