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Chinese-built Factory In Ethiopia Supplies 250,000 COVID-19 Test Kits

Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2020 shows facilities at the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory in the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Chen Songheng, General Manager of BGI Ethiopia, a subsidiary company of China’s biotech giant, BGI Genomics Co., Ltd., is feeling optimistic about Ethiopia’s anti-COVID-19 fight. (Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)

 

Ethiopian Minister of Health Lia Tadesse on Tuesday said a recently inaugurated Chinese built factory has supplied the first 250,000 COVID-19 test kits to the east African country’s health authorities.

Tadesse said during a meeting held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa evaluating Ethiopia’s eight months’ performance in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 disease.

“Last week, BGI Ethiopia factory supplied 250,000 COVID-19 test kits to the state-owned Ethiopia Public Health Institute (EPHI),” said Tadesse.

“Ethiopia hopes the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory will soon start exporting test kits to neighboring countries,” she further said.

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Ethiopian and Chinese workers are seen at the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory in the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on Sept. 22, 2020. Chen Songheng, General Manager of BGI Ethiopia, a subsidiary company of China’s biotech giant, BGI Genomics Co., Ltd., is feeling optimistic about Ethiopia’s anti-COVID-19 fight. (Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)

 

The factory, located inside the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, was inaugurated in September.

Ethiopia expects the COVID-19 test kit factory to save much-needed foreign currency that the Ethiopian government spends towards importing test kits.

The importation of the vast majority of COVID-19 test kits from abroad has been causing financial and logistical challenges to Ethiopia, which had confirmed 89,860 COVID-19 cases and 1,365 COVID-19 related deaths.

The COVID-19 test kit factory established as a joint venture between the Ethiopian government and a Chinese private firm BGI Genomics Co. Ltd is expected at full capacity to produce 10 million test kits annually.

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