26 Mar, 2020 @ 15:11
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Spain’s 600,000 rapid coronavirus tests ‘don’t work’ as Chinese Embassy confirms manufacturer has no medical licence

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SPAIN has ordered 600,000 rapid coronavirus testing kits from a Chinese manufacturer that ‘no licence’ to sell medical products.

The tests also ‘don’t meet the specifications given by the European Commission’, confirmed Fernando Simon – director of Spain’s Centre for Coordination of Medical Alerts and Emergencies.

A sample 9,000 of the new kits were tested at hospitals and the National Centre of Microbiology in Madrid following the arrival of Spain’s first batch of its order last Saturday.

Preliminary trials revealed the rapid tests have a sensitivity of under 30%, according to the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC).

This means that if 10 people with coronavirus take the test, seven will be false negatives.

The existing coronavirus test, termed PCR, has a sensitivity of 84%.

PCR testing takes up to four hours and requires qualified personnel and specialised laboratories to carry out. The government will U-turn on its plans to buy 6 million of the ‘rapid’ tests intended to be distributed nationwide.

“We have returned the tests and are expecting new ones,” Simon added.

It comes as the Chinese Embassy in Spain has Tweeted that Shenzen Bioeasy Technology ‘does not yet have an official licence’ to sell medical products in China.

The ‘high-tech enterprise’ manufacturing in the field of clinical diagnosis advertisers its Bioeasy Test Kits on its website with no warning about the company’s lack of authorisation.

The company has not yet responded to a request for comment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged testing is vital for control of the virus by isolating those infected as soon as possible.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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  1. Someone from China claims that those rapid test kits were not from China but were manufactured in Spain. Do you have evidence, that the test kits really are manufactured by Shenzen Bioeasy?

    Location : German
    • Do you have evidence otherwise? What the hell does it matter where the finger points? As long as the scam was spotted in time is all that matters. (The karmic reckoning can wait.) It shows responsible people are in charge where it matters. God Bless ’em.

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