The AmphaBio HT- Hithroughput PCR COVID-19 kit is shown to return accurate clinical test results for over 2,000 patient samples. New variants of nCoV are also detected.
The medical device is a joint product between the Military Medical Academy and the Ampharco U.S.A. pharmaceutical company. It got the license from the Ministry of Health to circulate under Decision No. 2263/QD-BYT issued on May 7.
“In face of the tremendous impacts the pandemic is having on different aspects of life, having Ampharco U.S.A accompanying the health ministry is very meaningful. It shows its social responsibility in the Covid-19 battle,” Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan said.
The military university had earlier partnered with the Viet A Technologies firm to produce another Covid-19 test kit. The kit, which utilizes molecular biology techniques, including reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), can detect the new coronavirus in specimens of droplets obtained from the respiratory tract and blood samples, VNE reported.
Pham Cong Tac, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology commented in March 2020 that Vietnam can rely on its own kits to perform tests, even if the epidemic spreads widely in the country.
The science ministry said the Vietnamese test kits provide quicker results and are easier to use than those used by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. 20 countries and territories have negotiated the purchase of the kits.
According to vietnamtimes.org.vn