Tue. Sep 21st, 2021

MANILA – China has on Sunday debunked reports as being the source of the defective test kits that the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) discarded its Philippine Embassy said in a prepared statement.

“The test kits mentioned by the DOH official on 28 March 2020 during the press briefing were neither tested by RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) which did not receive any kit sample for lab validation nor donated by the Chinese government,” the statement from the Chinese embassy said Sunday (March 29).

The embassy added that the test kits used by the DOH were not “assessed” by the RITM.

It was learned that it is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and not the research institute that is in charge of approving test kits.

Later Sunday, the DOH made a clarification hours later it allegedly mistook a “proposed donation” from a private foundation as test kits from China. (ia/sovereignph.com)

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