Covid-19: India to get high-speed testing machines from US | India News

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NEW DELHI: India is sourcing six high-speed testing machines from the US, which can conduct between 6000-8000 tests for coronavirus simultaneously.
“Six SUV-sized high speed testing machines, which are in high demand, are being sourced from Roche in USA,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told mediapersons on Thursday.
India had requested the US for these testing machines, which will enhance India’s testing capability manifold. The Trump administration agreed to this, despite a huge domestic demand, even as India relaxed its own export rules on hydroxychloroquine for shipment to the US.
Srivastava said in the past two weeks, around two dozen flights from five cities in China brought in nearly 400 tonnes of medical supplies, including RT-PCR test kits, Rapid Antibody Tests, PPE kits, thermometers etc. He said 20 more flights are expected to bring supplies from China in the coming days, “and this is likely to be stepped up considerably in the next few months as our procurement efforts gain momentum”.
MEA, he said, is facilitating “collaboration between Indian and foreign agencies in research & development efforts (such as on Remdesivir, PLX Cells etc.) related to Covid-19”.
The Indian subsidiary of a South Korean company, Biosensor, has started production of Covid-19 rapid antibody testing kits in its plant in Manesar (Haryana) with a capacity of 5 lakh kits per week. The first batch rolled out on April 19. “Our Mission has also signed a contract on behalf of ICMR with another South Korean company to procure and supply 5 lakh corona testing kits,” he said.



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