FDA: UP-NIH can produce 8,000 COVID-19 tests kits daily

FDA: UP-NIH can produce 8,000 COVID-19 tests kits daily

Good news is most welcome in this time of crisis.

The University of the Philippines-National institute of Health (UP-NIH) announced that it can produce 8,000 locally-made test kits per day for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Food and Drug Authority (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo said that the UP-NIH has 26,000 test kits ready for roll out as the agency recently approved the kits for commercial use.

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“Ngayon may naka-stockpile sila na about 26,000 kits at kaya raw nila magproduce ng mga 8,000 per day… Ang maganda nito, kung mayroon na tayong local na manufacturing, mas magiging sutainable at tuluy-tuloy ang supply ng ating kits,” he said in an interview over dzMM.

(As of now, they have a stock of 26,000 kits and they can produce about 8,000 kits per day. What is good about this is, if we can locally manufacture test kits, our supply will be sustainable.)

“‘Yun ang kanilang projection, kapag nag-full blast sila aabot sila ng 8,000 per day na ma-produce,” Domingo added.

(That is their projection, if they go full-blast on production, they can produce about 8,000 kits per day.)

Compared to the foreign imported the locally made test kits would only cost P1,250 which is way cheaper to the P6,000 on average of those foreign made.

The PH-made kits can also give results after two to three hours.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier received a total of 140,000 test kits as donations, Domingo said, and as of Friday last week, it still has 80,000 test kits left.

DOH is targeting to conduct 3,000 COVID-19 tests per day by April 14 and 8,000 tests per day by the end of April.

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