China denies Indian claim that Chinese test kits are faulty

The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi is denying allegations by the Indian government that coronavirus testing kits it ordered from China are faulty, calling the claim unfair and irresponsible

ABC News
Date: April 28, 2020
By: Aniruddha Ghosal,  Associated Press

NEW DELHI — China's embassy in New Delhi has denied allegations by the Indian government that coronavirus testing kits it ordered from China are faulty, calling the claim unfair and irresponsible.

On Monday, the national Indian Council of Medical Research canceled an order for nearly 1 million rapid antibody testing kits from two Chinese companies, Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics, over concerns about their quality and pricing. It said the kits had “wide variation” in their sensitivity and asked for them to be returned.

Chinese Embassy spokeswoman Ji Rong rejected the claim on Tuesday, saying, “The quality of medical products exported from China is prioritized. It is unfair and irresponsible for certain individuals to label Chinese products as ‘faulty’ and look at issues with preemptive prejudice.”

She said both companies insist that their kits meet quality standards in China and that India's National Institute of Virology had found them to be “satisfactory products.”

She also stressed that there were strict requirements for storage, transportation and use of the kits. “Any operation which isn’t carried out by professionals in accordance with product specification will lead to the testing accuracy variations,” she said.