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3,000 US-developed test kits set to roll out in PH this week



The first shipment of US-developed Covid-19 test kits will arrive in the country on Friday, April 17, after getting the nod from the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.

According to a statement released by medical equipment supplier Macare Medicals, Inc., the Department of Health will coordinate with hospitals that would receive the 3,000 Xpert Xpress Covid-19 detection kits for proper training of their workers on proper usage.

“Against very limited supply, the company will strive to ship weekly and in increasing quantity,” it said. “For the whole period of the crisis, only the DOH will receive the supply of the Xpert Covid-19 test kits.”

Designed to operate on the company’s automated PCR GeneXpert systems, the Xpert Xpress Covid-19 test kit, developed by American molecular diagnostics firm Cepheid, has a detection time of approximately 45 minutes.

As of writing, the government said that the FDA has approved 33 Covid-19 test kits for commercial use, 23 of which are PCR test kits while 10 are rapid test kits.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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