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PH eyes local production of test kits for COVID-19

PH eyes local production of test kits for COVID-19

MANILA - The Philippines is eyeing to locally produce test kits that could detect if a patient is positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), officials said Friday. Sample test kits were developed by a group of scientists, most of whom are from the University of the Philippines-Manila, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. It will be submitted to the World Health Organization for validation before a market rollout. Should the locally-produced kits pass WHO standards, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said it could cost just “almost half” of the foreign-manufactured test

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