Mar 29, 2020 07:11 PM

Chinese Firm Denies Sending Faulty Covid-19 Test Kits to the Czech Republic

What’s new: A Chinese maker of reportedly faulty Covid-19 test kits sent to the Czech Republic stressed (link in Chinese) the importance of following instructions properly when using the products.

Innovita Biological Technology Co. Ltd. added that its test kits are meant as a supplement for more widely-used nucleic acid tests that have returned negative results.

The company has been in recent headlines since a local news site in the European country claimed that up to 80% of Innovita’s Covid-19 test kits were not working properly.

What’s the controversy: The story, reported by Czech news site iRozhlas based on claims from a local hygienist, also drew in the local Chinese embassy, which issued a statement Friday calling the 80% inaccuracy rate claim wrong.

The kits, which were ordered by the Czech Republic government, are just one of many medical supply shipments recently sent from China to other countries battling local outbreaks, which some have likened to a form of soft power.

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