The FDA Approves COVID-19 Test Kits Developed By Scientists From UP

The test kits will help in the immediate diagnosis and monitoring of patients.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of COVID-19 test kits developed by local scientists from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UPNIH).

"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a Certificate of Exemption for the SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit," said the FDA in a statement released on March 9. The statement also explained how the technology was funded by the Department of Science & Technology (DOST).

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"The kit will be used for field testing coupled with gene sequencing at the Philippine Genome Center," the FDA added.

The kits developed by the UP scientists will help diagnose and monitor the growing number of patients under suspicion of having coronavirus disease. 

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"This will provide our laboratories with technological reinforcement to accommodate the growing number of patients to be tested and aid in early screening of positive cases," said the FDA. "Furthermore, this will provide greater access to a less costly diagnostic procedure."

On March 7, the Department of Health (DOH) raised its alert level to Code Red for COVID-19, after confirming the local transmission of the disease.

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