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Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical is warning that the slew of new test kits that promise to detect COVID-19 in just a few minutes may not be as accurate as conventional kits, reported IOL.
According to the news source, there have been recent reports of faulty kits, like those bought by Spain and the Czech Republic.
"Such rapid testing is not as accurate as the traditional nucleic acid test that takes about two hours to turn out results," remarked CEO Wu Yifang.
Abbott Laboratories unveiled a coronavirus test on March 28 that can confirm if someone is infected in as little as five minutes, while Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology has been supplying its version of rapid testing kits to the EU even before getting regulatory approval in China for domestic use.
Shenzhen Bioeasy, which sold thousands of test kits to Spain, said in a statement that false results could be due to improper use of its kits or faulty specimen collection.
Meanwhile, Fosun, which is selling two-hour test kits to South Korea, Portugal and Germany among others, is still working on a rapid test of its own. "It would be heartening to see a rapid test kit that’s also highly accurate," Wu said, adding "we want to rush out such a product as soon as possible."
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