In Spain, they stated that the sensitivity of rapid tests for coronavirus from the Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology is only 30% (with the necessary 80%). In early March, the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko announced the delivery to the city of quick tests of the same manufacturer.
Spain announced low-quality rapid tests for coronavirus of Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology.
The newspaper El País reported on March 27 that Spain had acquired 640,000 quick Chinese tests, they arrived in the country on March 23. But 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 no less than 80%, said the head of the country’s Ministry of Health, Salvador Illa.
The agency said that they did not buy these tests directly in China, but through a Spanish intermediary.
“As soon as the low sensitivity of the tests was discovered, an order was issued to withdraw them. The supplier was contacted, he is going to replace the tests,” the statement said.
Following media coverage, the Chinese Embassy in Spain reported on Twitter that u Shengzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology does not have a license to sell products.
La compra de materiales sanitarios anunciada por @sanidadgob está en curso y los materiales no han salido de #China aún. El Ministerio de Comercio de China ofreció a # España una lista de proveedores clasificados, en la cual Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology no estaba incluida.
– Embajada de China en España (@ChinaEmbEsp) March 26, 2020
The head of the Ministry of Health of Georgia, Yekaterina Tikaradze, said on March 27 that after the information received from Spain, her country would also refuse to purchase express tests manufactured by Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology, Radio NOR reported.
According to the Georgian service of Radio Liberty, the Georgian government concluded a deal with Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology for the purchase of 215 thousand express tests with a total value of about $ 1.2 million (according to $5.5 for one test system).
Tikaradze stressed that the tests Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology has not yet arrived in Georgia, the Chinese company did not manage to transfer the money.
In early March, the mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, also announced the purchase of such tests. “While there are 1,200, there should be 5,000 by the end of this week, “he said on March 10.
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.