Research of SARS-CoV-2 virus test kits at the Thai Nguyen University (Photo: baothainguyen.vn)

The kit was developed using the university’s modern machines, domestic and international documents, lessons and experience from earlier kit production. 

The research, which was conducted simultaneously in 2 laboratories, one in Thai Nguyen University and the other in the Thai Nguyen Central Hospital which had been licensed by the Ministry of Health for testing SARS-CoV-2, lasted 3 months before the kit was recognized to have both the sensitivity and specificity of 100% by the National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals.

Later, the SARS-CoV-2 test kit, using the realtime RT-PCR technology, was assessed of excellent research by a council of experts and researchers from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals, the Vietnam Academy of Sciences and the Vietnam – France University. 

According to leaders of the Thai Nguyen provincial Department of Science and Technology, the price for each test is estimated at VND370,000, some 20-30% lower than the existing kits, while it takes a shorter time of about 30-45 minutes for each test. 

Thai Nguyen province is carrying out procedures for the kit to be licensed and produced, to serve the current urgent tests in fighting COVID-19./.

Compiled by BTA