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The research team was led by Assoc. Prof Dong Van Quyen and Assoc.Prof Dinh Duy Khang.

Quyen said on the back of knowledge about molecular biology and virology, the IBT partnered with many health institutions inside and outside the country to fully tap information about the order of genome of the virus and diagnosis technique, thus laying a foundation for the kit development.

Test results showed that the kit has sensitivity and specificity similar to those of the realtime RT-PCR developed by the WHO. IBT Director Chu Hoang Ha said the institute will work closely with other establishments to mass produce the kit in the near future.

So far, there have been 16 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection cases in Vietnam and all the patients have been successfully treated and discharged from hospitals./.

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