Vietnam designs test kit for new coronavirus | Daily News


Vietnam designs test kit for new coronavirus

Vietnamese scientists have been able to design a test kit for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is on a par with those produced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The group of researchers led by Dr. Dong Van Quyen, deputy head of the Institute of Biotechnology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), and Dr. Dinh Duy Khang, a senior member of the institute, announced on Tuesday they had successfully designed the test kit.

The kit has been examined and cross-evaluated by the Military Preventive Medicine Institute under the Ministry of National Defense, and the result showed that the made-in-Vietnam test kit has similar testing capabilities as those provided by the WHO.

Particularly, the Vietnam-made kit is capable of returning results within 80 minutes, with a specificity of 100 percent and sensitivity of five copies per reaction, according to the Military Preventive Medicine Institute.


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