Vietnam’s new nCoV test kit thrice as fast at one-third the cost

Vietnam has developed test kits for the novel coronavirus that provides results in just 70 minutes as opposed to the current four hours.

Real-Time RT-PCR is the only method to detect SARS- CoV-2 that is accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Military Medical University and Viet A Corporation also adopted the method to develop the test kits, which are affirmed to produce results of positive or negative for the virus in around two hours.

One kit includes 50 tests, to be used 50 times. In theory, it can be utilized for testing 50 patients.

Currently, Viet A is capable of producing 10,000 kits daily and can increase the capacity to threefold when needed, ensuring to meet domestic, export and international aid demands.

Prices of a test kit are ranging from VND 400,000 to VND 600,00 ($17 – $26) each as the manufacturing expenditures are sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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