The Chinese Embassy and the China Mammoth Foundation donated around 2,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits. The kits arrived in Manila, Monday Morning.
Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said more coronavirus test kits would arrive. China would also give other medical equipment and supplies, such as personal protective equipment to the country.
“Because China and the Philippines are brothers and good neighbors, so we are ready to provide more test kits and other personal protection equipment in the coming days,” Huang told ABS-CBN News.
Huang said the “fast” test kit is capable of yielding results in 3 hours and has been exported to other countries. Chinese company BGI produced the kit.
“The kits are not only being widely used in China. Also, this kind of kits have been exported to more than 50 countries in the world, and it has been proven to working quite well,” he said.
China gives 2,000 COVID-19 test kits to PH
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing is “willing to do its utmost to provide more testing kits as well as other medical assistance” to the Philippines, the embassy said in a statement.
“We feel the same as the Philippine people are going through difficult times. We will do our utmost to help,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a tweet.
“Medical supplies and experts will soon go to the Philippines,” she added.
As of March 16, the Philippines has 140 confirmed cases with 12 fatalities.