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Fujifilm unit to launch new coronavirus testing kit

Camera company joins global giants to meet surging demand

Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical's coronavirus kit includes a reagent used in polymerase chain reaction-based tests.

TOKYO -- Fujifilm Holdings is to launch a coronavirus testing kit that the Japanese company said would speed up results by two hours, joining a string of global pharma groups in responding to surging demand as the global pandemic widens.

The kit was developed by Fujifilm's Osaka-based subsidiary, Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical, and will be sold to health laboratories and testing institutions from April 15, the company said on Friday.

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