Europe / Western countries

Spain says it bought useless virus test kits from China

Spain purchased 9,000 ineffective rapid test kits, a Spanish official confirmed on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Spanish daily El Pais reported that the tests Spain had purchased from the Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology were only able to detect the virus in 30% of the cases.

China cashes in off coronavirus, selling Spain $467 million in supplies, some of them substandard

Spanish capital ditches ‘unreliable’ Chinese coronavirus test kits

  • Madrid stops using the kits and health ministry asks for them to be replaced after tests suggest they only have a 30 per cent accuracy level
  • Spanish government is reported to have ordered 340,000 of the kits, which the Shenzhen-based manufacturer said had an 80 per cent strike rate

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