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Vietnam masters two Covid-19 test methods

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HCMC – Vietnam has not only mastered the test that looks for genes present in the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, but it has also succeeded in developing quick tests, heard attendees at a meeting of the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control today, April 27.

Speaking at the meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, the committee representative noted that the world is employing two Covid-19 test methods: real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR) and antibody tests for rapid testing.

For the PCR test method, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long stated that in the initial period, Vietnam used biological products from foreign countries but later developed these products for PCR to replace the foreign source.

Vietnam has to date tested 212,000 samples and recorded 270 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The rate of positive findings reached 0.13%.

The Vietnam-made test kits for the PCR method have been recognized by the World Health Organization and the United Kingdom.

As such, Covid-19 test kits manufactured in Vietnam can be sold on the global market, the local media reported.

For the quick test method, the representative of the Ministry of Health explained that Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology had worked with a Japanese university to develop rapid test kits with high efficiency.

Vietnam is the world’s fifth country to successfully manufacture this type of quick test kit.

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