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Beijing Slams ‘Preemptive Prejudice’ After ICMR Tells States to Stop Using Chinese Covid-19 Test Kits

New Delhi: China on Tuesday expressed concern over Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) advisory to states asking them to cease utilizing Covid-19 fast antibody take a look at kits procured from two Chinese corporations.

“China attaches great importance to the quality of exported medical products. Recently, Chinese Embassy in India has maintained close contact with ICMR and the two Chinese companies to find out the real situation,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong stated in an announcement on Tuesday.

The assertion comes after ICMR despatched an advisory to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories on Monday. The ICMR stated it “evaluated the kits of Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livson Diagnostics in field conditions. The results have shown wide variation in their sensitivity, despite early promise of good performance for surveillance purpose”.

The assertion from the Chinese embassy spokesperson stated that the 2 Chinese companies in query have already careworn that their antibody fast take a look at kits had obtained the certification from the National Medical Products Administration of China (NMPA) and have additionally been “validated and approved by ICMR through National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune and considered as satisfactory products.”

It added that the Covid-19 antibody fast take a look at kits produced by these two Chinese corporations have been exported to and lots of international locations in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Rong added that there are strict necessities for the storage, transportation and use of Covid-19 antibody fast take a look at kits and if any operation which isn’t carried out by professionals in accordance with the product specs will result in the “testing accuracy variations.”

Rong additionally stated that it’s “unfair and irresponsible for certain individuals” to label Chinese merchandise as “faulty” and look at issues with “preemptive prejudice.”

“…We hope the Indian side could respect China’s goodwill and sincerity, strengthen communication timely with relevant Chinese companies based on facts, and resolve it reasonably and properly.”

Rong added that “viruses are common enemy” and solely by working collectively, might the battle in opposition to Covid-19 be received.

“We will continue to support India’s efforts in fighting Covid-19, strengthen medical and health cooperation, and jointly work with India to overcome the difficulties at an early date, so as to safeguard the safety and health of our peoples as well as global and regional public health security,” Jong added.

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