Statement by the Chinese Embassy on DOH official's Comments on the Test Kits Donated by China
2020/03/29
 

The Embassy of China in the Philippines took note of reports about the comments of a Philippine Department of Health(DOH) official regarding the accuracy of the test kits donated by China.

The Embassy immediately checked with DOH. According to the clarification of the DOH, the two batches of 2,000 BGI PCR-type test kits and 100,000 Sansure PCR-type test kits donated by the Chinese government have been assessed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine(RITM) to be at par with World Health Organization-provided kits, and those test kits are of high quality and standards and have no accuracy problems, which are being used in Philippine test laboratories and have helped accelerate the testing process. The test kits mentioned by the DOH official on 28 March 2020 during the press briefing were neither tested by RITM which did not receive any kit sample for lab validation nor donated by the Chinese government.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China has continually provided assistance as needed to support the Philippines' battle against the epidemic. At this moment of crisis, we should fight in solidarity to overcome the epidemic at the earliest date. The Chinese Embassy firmly rejects any irresponsible remarks and any attempts to undermine our cooperation in this regard. 

 

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