Ukraine to daily produce up to 7,000 coronavirus PCR test kits
Ukraine plans to produce from 2,000 to 7,000 coronavirus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits.
"We've launched the Ukrainian-based production of PCR tests," Deputy Head of the Office of the President, Secretary of the Coordinating Council for countering the spread of COVID-19 Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on television, according to the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper.
"We've ordered 2 million test kits there. From the middle of next week they will start shipping 2,000-7,000 (tests) to us every day," he said.
According to him, Ukrainian-made PCR tests cost significantly less than foreign-made ones and "there are no issues" with them, therefore, they will be the first choice for health care sector procurements.
Ukraine imported PCR tests from China and South Korea before, he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the country's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said that Ukraine had ordered 20,000 coronavirus tests from domestic manufacturers.