S. Korea exports COVID-19 test kits to UAE
청와대 "코로나19 진단키트 첫 수출…UAE에 5만1천개"
South Korea has sent 51-thousand coronavirus test kits in the form of "emergency exports" to the United Arab Emirates, the first export of such since the COVID-19 outbreak.
A Blue House official said Tuesday that the UAE had requested for purchase and the kits arrived in the country last Thursday.
The official said the move is part of crucial international cooperation to tackle the pandemic... adding at least 17 other countries, mainly from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, are also seeking test kit purchases from South Korea.
More exports are likely to follow suit, as Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approved overseas sales for eight diagnosis kits developed by seven local companies.
These companies have been working on test kits for COVID-19 since mid-January.
Each firm has the capacity to produce enough kits to test roughly 250-thousand people per week.
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