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Apr 14, 2020

DHS Explains Why South Korean Test Kits Were Refused

Marvin Manzanero

When pressed about the twenty-five thousand kits that were being donated by South Korea through SICA, that the Ministry of Health declined in March, the DHS said that the ministry’s lab technicians are trained in administering tests using kits that were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Once you’re getting a test into any given country, you have to find out whether it’s been validated, whether it’s been approved for use, whether you have the in-country capacity and if you don’t, if you have to buy a machine for it.  If you buy the machine then do you have the in-country capacity to service, maintain it and get parts in terms of having a machine.  The platform that we have is a PCR machine, staff went to be trained on that specific platform, it is something that is routinely maintained in tandem with the CDC.  We get technical support from PAHO in that regard.  So whenever any offer comes to us, we still will ask our counterparts both at the CARPHA level and the PAHO level to see whether this is something that can be used so that it’s not only the staff from here that tells us whether it can happen or not.”

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