25/April/2020, Europe,Times Of Lion
- Spain forced to return second batch of ‘faulty’ coronavirus testing kits to China
- Comes after they sent back 58,000 kits due to inaccuracy concerns last month
- Spanish Health Ministry is now seeking a refund for entire order of 640,000 kits
Spain has returned coronavirus testing kits ordered from China for the second time, after claiming that the second batch is also faulty.
They had been sent by Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy to replace the first batch of 58,000 kits, which the Spanish government had deemed too inaccurate to be used to diagnose patients.
Spain’s Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that they are now seeking a refund from Bioeasy for the entire order of 640,000 testing kits.
The tests were found to be problematic as they were not sensitive enough, meaning there was a chance they would not detect Covid-19 in a person who already had the infection, the El Pais newspaper reported.
According to the publication, Bioeasy sent a sample of the new kits which were analysed at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid and found to be faulty, prompting Spain to cancel the entire order.
It is not clear how much the order cost.
From the total of 640,000 testing kits sent by Bioeasy, the Spanish Health Ministry was forced to return 58,000 of them at the end of March.
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