Vietnam presents coronavirus test kits to Indonesia

April 07, 2020 | 22:43
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Vietnam is supporting Indonesia in its fight against the coronavirus by presenting 500 test kits developed by a domestic corporation.
vietnam presents coronavirus test kits to indonesia
The coronavirus test kits donated by Vietnam arriving in Indonesia

Vietnam has sent 500 test RT-PCR real-time COVID-19 Kits to Western Indonesia as support from the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to fight the disease.

“The donation was a result of co-ordination and co-operation between the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Embassy in Jakarta, as well as the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology,” said Ibnu Hadi, the Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam.

According to Ambassador Hadi, right after landing in Indonesia, all the test kits were immediately delivered to Prof. Dr. Sri Oemijati Infectious Disease Research Laboratory in Central Jakarta to help discover infected cases quickly.

“The test kits have high accuracy in a short time. The total real-time RT-PCR process time is about 60 minutes, and one one sample needs one test only, improving the efficiency of the test protocol,” he said.

The test kits are called Light Power IVASARS-CoV-2 1stRT-rPCR kit (VA.A02-055H) and have been produced by Viet A Corporation, a Vietnamese company specialising in the field of molecular biology.

According to data released by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, by 5pm April 7, Indonesia had 2,491 coronavirus positive cases and 209 deaths while Vietnam has 249 cases of infection without a single death so far, with 122 cases totally recovered.

Besides Indonesia, Vietnam has also presented the kits along with other medical equipment valued at $100,000 to Laos and Cambodia.

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