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Sri Lanka checking PCR testing material from China before use, JackMa’s stock ‘validated’

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is ‘validating’ all PCR tests imported and stocks imported from China has been checked before use and official said.

“We validate all kits before use,” Anil Jasinghe, head of Sri Lanka’s Health Service told a domestic television station.

“The stock sent by JackMa (Chinese billionaire) had no problem.”

JackMa, the owner of Alibaba had gifted testing material to a number of Asian countries hit by the virus from China.

Jasinghe said China was a top supplier of testing material since it was the country where the disease originated.

The virus named novel Coronavirus originated in Wuhan in China.

But many countries in Crisis had returned testing material, masks and also ventilators from China saying they were bad quality of off-spec.

India had ordered 500,000 test kits from Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics.
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General G S Toteja said the kits showed “wide variation in their sensitivity” amid calls to return the products.

The Chinese embassy had called the criticism unfair.

Spain had said it was returning a stock of test kits bought from a Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology. The Chinese embassy had said the firm was unregistered.

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The UK Government had also said it would look for a refund for millions of coronavirus tests ordered from China after scientists found they were too unreliable to be used by the public.

(SB-Colombo/May01/2020)