Indonesia to Produce Covid-19 Test Kits by Late May: Minister

    Antara - 11 Mei 2020 22:47 WIB
    Indonesia to Produce Covid-19 Test Kits by Late May: Minister
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    Jakarta: Indonesia will produce COVID-19 test kits and ventilators by late May of 2020, Minister of Research and Technology/Head of the National Research and Innovation Board Bambang Brodjonegoro stated.

    "There has been encouraging development in the production of test kits, including rapid test kits and PCR. The rapid test kits are currently undergoing validation testing and registration with the Health Ministry," he noted here on Monday, May 11, 2020.

    "We have targeted to produce 50 thousand to 100 thousand synthetic peptide-based rapid test kits. The production capacity of rapid test kits may reach up to 100 thousand units per month," he remarked.

    The country is also in the process of developing three more types of rapid test kits. It takes one to two months to produce them, he noted.

    In connection with the plan to produce ventilators, he remarked that the Health Ministry’s Health Facility Security Board has tested four prototypes of ventilators that are currently undergoing clinical testing.

    "One of the four that comes from ITB (the Bandung Institute of technology) has undergone clinical test and is expected to enter production phase soon," he noted.

    Brodjonegoro echoed the readiness of domestic producers to manufacture covid-19 test kits. (antara)



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