Pretoria firm to roll out 5 000 Covid-19 test kits a day to plug shortage | News24

Pretoria firm to roll out 5 000 Covid-19 test kits a day to plug shortage | News24
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  • A South African business anticipates supply of 5 000 test kits per day from the end of July.
  • The kits will produce results within two hours.
  • The company also sees a demand from international firms.

A shortage of test kits has undermined South Africa’s early response to the coronavirus crisis, but a local biotechnology firm is stepping up to try and plug the shortfall in testing capacity.

CapeBio Technologies, a privately-held company which was spun out of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 2018, plans to roll out 5 000 test kits per day from the end of July, with support from the government.

The kits will produce results within two hours, down from the three to four hours taken by the imported kits currently in the market, said CapeBio Chief Executive…



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