The Philippine government on Sunday said it has sufficient funds for the production of COVID-19 test kits contrary to misinformation circulating online.
In a joint statement, Malacañang and the Department of Science and Technology urged the public to “be wary of false narratives” on social media which creates “apprehension and panic.”
The Philippines has received 500 COVID-19 test kits from South Korea and is awaiting the delivery of 5,000 more, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque. China, meantime, has pledged 10,000 test kits, he added.
Test kits developed by Filipino scientists, meantime, must undergo field validation before these allowed for commercial use.
Private research firm Manila Healthtek Inc., which is involved in the development of the test kits, is “prepared to do the production of bigger quantities” once the imported raw materials arrive, the government said.