PHL-developed CoVID-19 test kits for ‘field implementation’ in April

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“The field validation for the COVID-19 testing kits is ongoing and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, April 1,” DOST Secretay Fortunato de la Pena said in a statement.

He noted that the issuance of the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration Philippines (FDA) is expected on Friday, April 3.

From April 3, a field implementation for 26,000 testing kits funded under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) Project will be conducted until April 25.

The 26,000 test kits for field implementation will be distributed to Philippine General Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, and Baguio General Hospital.

“A total of 120,000 test kits will be manufactured by the The Manila HealthTek Inc,” Secretary de la Pena said.

According to DOST, the remaining 94,000 testing kits will be sold commercially by Manila HealthTek at around P1,300 per kit which is cheaper than the units currently being used in hospitals which cost about P8,000. The Manila HealthTek said they have enough orders from the private sector who intend to donate them in turn to the Department of Health (Philippines) and hospitals.