China clarifies “inaccurate” COVID-19 test kits not from them

  • The Chinese Embassy clarified that their donated test kits are of “high quality” and up to WHO standards
  • Earlier, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that some COVID-19 test kits donated from China were only “40 percent accurate”
  • China also shared a text message from Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirming that the their test kids are “very good”

The Chinese government clarified that alleged “inaccurate” COVID-19 tests kits are not from them.

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In a statement released by the Chinese Embassy they denied the earlier statement of Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire that some COVID-19 test kits donated from China were only “40 percent accurate.”

According to the Chinese Embassy’s statement, ” The test kits mentioned by the DOH official on 28 March 2020 during the press briefing were neither tested by RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) which did not receive any kit sample for lab validation nor donated by the Chinese government.”

“The Chinese Embassy firmly rejects any irresponsible remarks and any attempts to undermine our cooperation in this regard,” it added.

The Chinese Embassy said, according to the DOH, that the two batches of 2,000 BGI PCR-type test kits and 100,000 Sansure PCR-type test kits they donated have been “assessed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine(RITM) to be at par with World Health Organization-provided kits.”

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China clarified that the test kits are of “high quality and standards and have no accuracy problems.”

They also shared a text message from Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian confirming that the test kits are “very good.”

Excerpt of Duque’s text reads, “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.”

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