FDA approves COVID-19 test kits for commercial use

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BOCAUE, Bulacan — Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Sec. Fortunato “Boy” Dela Pena announced on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration Philippines (FDA) approved the local COVID-19 testing kit for commercial use.

The testing kits will be manufactured by The Manila HealthTek Inc and is the first locally-made, PCR-based COVID-19 test kit approved by the FDA.

It was developed in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH) and funded by the Department of Science and Technology DOST.

The secretary said this “is great news as the country aims to conduct mass testing of suspected COVID-19 cases starting on April 14.”

Dela Pena said that according to the Department of Health (DOH) the mass testing will prioritize persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs). (RONDA BALITA Online)

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