President of Ukraine

Ukraine has received the first 200 thousand PCR tests of domestic production

24 April 2020 - 16:28

Production of PCR tests has begun in Ukraine, and the first batch of 200,000 tests is being sent to the regions, as stated by Secretary of the Coordination Council on Combating the Spread of COVID-19 Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

“As we promised a few weeks ago, PCR tests production began in Ukraine. Today we have received the first batch - 200 thousand tests. They will be delivered to the regions and special laboratories that conduct PCR testing during the weekend,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

According to the Secretary of the Coordination Council, nearly 400,000 such tests are expected next week. Production of Ukrainian PCR tests is ongoing and they will also be shared between institutions.

“I think this is a very good step when Ukraine received domestic PCR tests. It does not buy them in China or Korea, but will conduct diagnostics using Ukrainian PCR tests only,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko noted.

He informed that a large batch of protection means for doctors, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Border Service and the Armed Forces had recently been delivered from China. This includes more than 360,000 respirators, over 100,000 protective suits, and 800,000 reagents for PCR tests.

“It's a very big cargo. It was in stock in Ukraine, it was distributed between the regions, and these days - yesterday and today - it is being distributed around the country, and all our doctors, especially in hospitals dealing with COVID-19, in hub hospitals, will receive these means of protection,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko said.

According to the Secretary of the Coordination Council, these assets will be enough for the next 3-4 weeks.

"But the purchases are not over, and this weekend we will get another batch," Kyrylo Tymoshenko stressed.

In addition, the Ministry of Health procures personal protective means.

"That is to say, our doctors are already provided with personal protective means, and I think this situation will get even better," the Secretary of the Coordination Council said.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko stressed that the anti-coronavirus headquarters, the Ministry of Health and other structures are working hard to ensure that doctors receive all the necessary means in their regions and hospitals as soon as possible.