As many as 6,000 locally developed diagnostic test kits for COVID-19 can be produced in just three weeks, the Philippine Genome Center said.
Dr. Raul Destura, Philippine Genome Center deputy executive director who led the UP National Institutes of Health in developing the Sars-CoV-2 PCR detection kits, said he is confident about the accuracy of the testing kits.
Sars-CoV-2 is the name of the novel coronavirus given by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
The kit was developed by Filipino scientists at the UP-NIH. The Food and Drug Administration earlier issued a Certificate of Exemption for the detection kits, allowing its use for field testing coupled with gene sequencing at the Philippine Genome Center.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque, however, said they could not use the locally developed test kits without an Emergency Use Listing permit from the World Health Organization.