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India opts for own COVID-19 tests kits, rejecting those from China

Country to double daily testing capabilities to 100,000 by May end

A doctor takes a nasal swab to test a girl for the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on April 30. The government authorized several domestic companies to make test kits after finding problems with Chinese products.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India is looking to double its coronavirus testing capacity to 100,000 per day by the end of May by increasing local production of test kits. The government recently announced it would no longer use Chinese-made kits, citing reliability problems.

"We will have indigenous production of good quality antibody kits, and also the [RT-PCR] kits for detection of the virus. I think all this is going to come in the next couple of weeks," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday in an online meeting with civil society and nongovernment organizations.

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