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Hitachi and Toshiba help boost coronavirus antigen test kit output

Tokyo-based Fujirebio expects to increase weekly production to 400,000 units

The electronics giants say they will assist a medical test kit producer double production of kits that can quickly detect novel coronavirus antigens.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese electronics giants Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. said Friday they will assist medical test kit producer Fujirebio Inc. in doubling production of kits that can quickly detect the novel coronavirus antigens.

The Tokyo-based Fujirebio, a unit of Miraca Holdings Inc., is expected to increase its output to 400,000 units of the antigen test kits per week by December, when a new production line becomes operational in Asahikawa in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

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