The Chinese government is checking the Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology, whose rapid tests for coronavirus have been delivered to Spain and Ukraine. Madrid called them substandard.
The Chinese government has launched an investigation into rapid tests for coronavirus of Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology, which in Spain were called substandard. This was reported on March 27 by CNN.
Rapid tests for coronavirus manufactured by Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology were delivered to Spain on March 23, they were bought through a Spanish intermediary. The head of the country’s Ministry of Health Salvador Illa said that the first 9 thousand tests showed their inefficiency: they gave a positive result in only 30% of cases of the disease, while the indicator recommended by experts was at least 80%.
Following media reports, the Chinese embassy in Spain reported that Shengzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology does not have a Chinese license to sell products.
Ukraine received the same rapid tests for coronavirus. In particular, on March 10, the mayor of Kiev, Vitaliy Klitschko, said that “so far there are 1,200, by the end of this week there should be 5,000.
March 27, Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology commented on the situation with rapid tests. The manufacturer believes that their products were used “without strictly following the instructions,” CNN said.
Rapid tests are less effective for detecting coronavirus than polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostics. Quick tests determine the presence of antibodies, not the virus itself, explained the former Minister of Health of Ukraine Ulyana Suprun. “PCR [делают] longer. For him, saliva, fluid from the nose is taken, it is sent to the laboratory of the Center for Public Health. They do a specific test and look for particles of the virus itself. This is the gold standard, “said Suprun.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the American Johns Hopkins University, on March 27, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 540 thousand, of which 24 863 people died, more than 127 thousand recovered.