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Two more "Made in Vietnam" SARS-CoV-2 test kits created with international standards

15:42 | 08/06/2020

Two more 'Made-in-Vietnam' SARS-CoV-2 test kits meeting international standards were announced at a ceremony in Hanoi on Friday June 5th by the Sunstar Jsc and are eligible to be exported to Europe.

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two more made in vietnam sars cov 2 test kits created with international standards
Two test kits are introduced by Sunstar JSC. (Photo: baodansinh.vn)

The test kits, One-step RT-PCR COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG and RT-LAMP COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG, were created by Vietnamese scientists from the National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals and Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

The company has worked with two groups of scientists in developing the test kits, using RT-LAMP and RT-PCR techniques.

Both test kits were licensed by the Ministry of Health on Friday and then underwent mass production.

Doctor Le Quang Hoa, chief researcher from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, said: “The test result is showed via color change of the indicator, either from purple to blue or from red to yellow. Those test kits don’t require state-of-the-art machinery or well-trained technicians.”

two more made in vietnam sars cov 2 test kits created with international standards
The test kits meet international standards and will be exported to European market shortly. — VNS

Deputy Minister of Science and technology Tran Van Tung applauded the test kits for their simplicity, swiftness, and accuracy, suitable for mass testing. He spoke highly of Vietnamese researchers’ ability and the cooperation between scientists and businesses in developing COVID-19 test kits as part of global effort to contain the virus, according to the vov.

At the launching ceremony, sales director Tuan Le of TradingFoe, a Nordic business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce platform, signed an agreement with Deputy General Director of the SunStar JSC Nguyen Thi Huong Lien to distribute the test kits in Europe.

The company donated 1,000 test kits to the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisation to distribute to needy countries, the VNS reported.

In late May, Vietnam had two new test kits which were greenlighted to enter Europe.

two more made in vietnam sars cov 2 test kits created with international standards
The test kits, One-step RT-PCR COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG and RT-LAMP COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG, have been widely used in Europe and named in the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Emergency Use Listing procedure. (Photo: VNA)

The test kits, One-step RT-PCR COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG and RT-LAMP COVID-19 KIT THAI DUONG, have been widely used in Europe and named in the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Emergency Use Listing procedure.

RT-LAMP THAI DUONG has drawn much attention from European and American nations thanks to its applicability, said Nguyen Thi Huong Lien, Deputy General Director of the SUNSTAR JSC.

Earlier, the WHO’s medical product evaluation agency sent a letter informing the certification of the SARS-CoV-2 test kit LightPower iVA SARS-CoV-2 1st RT-rPCR , which was jointly produced by the Vietnam Military Medical University and Viet A Company, informed the dangcongsan.

The British Ministry of Health and Social Care also issued a certificate of European standard (CE) and a certificate of free sale (CFS) for the made-in-Vietnam test kit.

Vietnam reported no new COVID-19 infections on June 5th evening, marking the 50th day in a row without coronavirus transmissions in the community.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country still stands at 328, including 188 imported ones, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

On June 5th, five COVID-19 patients were declared fully recovered, raising the total recoveries in the country to 307, or 93.6 percent.

Among the active patients, 10 tested negative for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 once, and three others tested negative for the virus at least twice.

At present, 8,143 people having close contact with patients or arriving from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined, including 83 at hospitals, 6,964 at concentrated quarantine establishments and 1,096 at home and places of residence.

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