On Friday, April 3, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first locally manufactured test kit for COVID-19, which will be ready for mass use starting April 4. The kit was developed in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH), funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST.) 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

According to the Certificate of Production Registration that was posted on FDA's website, "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, the FDA issued a certification for this COVID-19 test kit to be allowed for commercial use."

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The GenAmplify Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT PCR Detection Kit is relatively more affordable than imported ones. As GMA News previously reported, it'll only cost around P1,320, whereas the current imported test kit is about P8,000. Given that it'll be manufactured in the Philippines, delivery time is significantly shortened. 

According to the FDA, there are now 30 approved COVID-19 test kits in the Philippines. 

As of April 3, the country has 3,018 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 136 deaths and 52 recoveries.

For more stories on COVID-19, please click here

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More From FemaleNetwork.com

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Comments
Trending on Network

Latest Stories

Why Danica Sotto Is Not Into Buying Branded Shoes, Bags in Her 30s

"...yung ipambibibili ko, parang ang dami ko nang mabibiling ibang gamit."

7 Niacinamide Products That Will Give You a Clear, Even Complexion

This all-star ingredient can help fade hyperpigmentation and calm breakouts.

Garden Wedding Venues You Can Book for Your Intimate Wedding

Tie the knot surrounded by loved ones in these garden wedding venues near Manila!

Kris Bernal: 'Waking up every day to people commenting on my body wasn't easy at all'

'People are skinny, curvy, tall, short, petite, large, and that's just the reality of things!'

This Pinay From Baguio Creates Stunning Face Paint Illusions

"Nag-start 'yun noong nakita namin yung view doon sa Pampanga."
Load More Stories