Turkish Official Says Chinese COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Are Giving Inaccurate Results
'These rapid testing kits are only 35% accurate'.
A Turkish official has confirmed to news outlets that the government of Turkey has cast aside a sample of COVID-19 testing kits made by China after finding out they give inaccurate results.
‘’We have received some samples from the company. We didn’t find them viable and ordered some other testing kit models from a separate Chinese company’’, the official said.
However, the official did not reveal how many kits were concerned, but he did say that the kits hadn’t been used with the wider public.
Previously, Spain also withdrew 9,000 Chinese-made kits after realizing that they were only 30% accurate. A media outlet reported that 80% of the 150,000 portable kits that China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty.
Spanish officials told the media that the testing kits were manufactured by the same company that had supplied kits to the Turkish government.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca confirmed that Turkey had tried some rapid antigen tests from China but the authorities weren’t satisfied with them.
“We didn’t release them for public use”, he said.
Koca said that Turkey had received different and viable testing kits that are based on antibodies from China.
“We have 350,000 of them now,” he added.
A member of the Turkish health ministry special science board said that the batch of testing kits was only 30% to 35% accurate.
“We have tried them. They don’t work. Spain has made a huge mistake by using them,” said Professor Ates Kara said.