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FDA approves UP made COVID-19 test kits for commercial use

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved COVID-19 testing kits made by the scientists from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH). 

The locally made GenAmplify Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT-PCR Detection Kit will be deployed in support for the mass testing planned by the government in the country.

In their statement, the FDA said: “The test kit was previously approved by the FDA for field trial with gene sequencing on 10 March 2020. Upon the company’s submission of necessary requirements today (April 3), the FDA issued a certification for this COVID-19 test kit to be allowed for commercial use.”

FDA has also approved testing kits manufactured from China. There are now 21 PCR-based test kits and 9 rapid test kits that has been given greenlight from FDA.

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