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VN masters two types of COVID-19 testing techniques

VGP – Viet Nam has become the 5th country in the world succeeding in production of antibody test kits, according to the Ministry of Health.

04/27/2020 16:33

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam presides over a meeting of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Ha Noi on April 27. Photo: VGP

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The news was released at the meeting of the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Ha Noi on April 27.

Earlier, Viet Nam also succeeded in manufacturing polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test kits, which have been recognized by the UK and the World Health Organization.

Both of them are currently dominant ways that globale healthcare systems are tesing citizens for COVID-19 and Viet Nam has mastered both.

Regarding the quick test method, Ha Noi was the first locality in Viet Nam to have deployed rapid test kits imported from the Republic of Korea.

The capital city conducted 18,450 tests and discovered 50 positive cases. However, all the postive cases retested with PCR method turned out to be negative.

Meanwhile, Viet Nam’s antibody test kits, jointly developed by the National Institutte of Hygiene and Epidemiology and some Japanese universities, were said to be more more sensitive (95%) and cheaper (about US$ 5 per test kit) than similar kits of foreign countries. 

The Ministry of Health has planned to approve mass production of these test kits.

For PCR method, Viet Nam has tested 212,000 people, of whome 270 have been confirmed contracting the COVID-19.

Viet Nam has 112 Realtime-PCR laboratories capable of diagnosing COVID-19 with combined capacity of more than 27,000 samples/day, the ministry said.

Last month around 20 countries and territories ordered the PCR test kits from Viet Nam./.

By Kim Anh