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Chinese Embassy calls for solidarity

Chinese Embassy rejects irresponsible remarks

MANILA – The Chinse Embassy in Manila said they took note of reports quoting an official of the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the accuracy of test kits donated by the Chinese government.

In a statement released shortly before 11:00 A.M. today, the Embassy said they immediately checked with the Department of Health and learned 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).

“The kits are at with the 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 statement revealed.

The Embassy statement added “The test kits mntioned 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.”

It was emphasized that since the COVID-19 outbreak, China has provided assistance needed to support the country’s 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,” the statement concluded. (Melo M. Acuña)


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