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Thailand now producing new COVID-19 test kits

3 April 2020 (Readers 1192)

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the Spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, revealed that Thailand is now able to produce new COVID-19 test kits itself with RT-PCR, a standard laboratory technique recognized by WHO, developed by the cooperation of Siam Bioscience and the Department of Medical Sciences (DMSC).

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESRI), Siam Bioscience, and DMSC have already delivered the first batch of 20,000 test kits to the Government. This innovation can solve the shortage of test kits by lowering the cost of production to only 1,500 baht each, whereas the imported ones may cost approximately 4,500 baht each.

Moreover, Siam Bioscience and DMSC are aiming to produce and deliver 100,000 test kits to the Government within six months for distributing to 100 hospitals nationwide.
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