Africa

China’s BGI wins 1.5 million coronavirus test kit order from Ethiopia

The BGI factory, the first coronavirus test production facility in Ethiopia that opened earlier this month, is designed to be able to make 6-8 million tests in a year and can expand the annual capacity to up to 10 million in accordance with local demand, Xinhua reported.BGI, which makes genome sequencing and medical devices, is hoping to use its footprint in Ethiopia in expanding its supplies to other African countries, Xinhua quoted a BGI official as saying in a separate report on Wednesday.BGI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.BGI Group's unit BGI Genomics had said it supplied over 35 million coronavirus testing kits overseas and built 58 labs in 18 countries as of June 30.The Ethiopia factory could be later converted to make test kits for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis once the Covid-19 pandemic ends, Xinhua said.EtRead More – Source

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