COVID-19 quick test kits to be manufactured

March 06, 2020 - 08:00
Research on a test kit for early discovery COVID-19 has been successful, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Thursday.
Soldiers prepare meals for people in quarantine in the southern province of Tiền Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Nam Thái

HÀ NỘI — Research on a test kit for early discovery COVID-19 has been successful, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Thursday.

The real-time RT-PCR research was conducted by the Vietnam Military Medical University and the Việt Á Corporation.

It can reveal test results after a little more than one hour.

Speaking at the declaration ceremony, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Phạm Công Tạc emphasised the project’s importance as the COVID-19 epidemic remained a global threat.

Results confirmed Vietnamese scientists’ high professional skills and the ministry’s determination in contributing to the epidemic prevention and control.

Lieutenant General Đỗ Quyết, director of the Vietnam Military Medical University, said the kit was researched, completed and tested thoroughly by the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and compared to the test kits being used by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Vietnamese product provided similar results, he said.

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday issued a decision for the kit to put in use.

The Việt Á Corporation can produce 10,000 kits per day, and can increase productivity by three fold if needed. The products can meet demand for the country and also for export to support other countries, experts said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Institute of Biotechnology under the Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology also completed the development of test kits for the COVID-19. The kits are waiting for further assessment before being put in use.

In another development, the Hà Nội Disease Control Centre said by Thursday, 99 suspected cases for COVID-19 tested negative to the disease.

All of 587 people had close contact with COVID-19 patients also finish their medical supervision period.

Centre director Nguyễn Nhật Cảm said a 39-year-old teacher had a cough after coming back from a conference in Italy also tested. Now she is still under quarantine at the Đống Đa Hospital.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Lê Quang Tùng signed a decision to allow 25 provinces and cities to use tourism accommodation for quarantine if needed.

The provinces and cities must prepare tourism accommodation for quarantine for Vietnamese people and foreigners with preferential prices, and send the list of hotels to the ministry before Saturday. — VNS