Ethiopia to manufacture, export Covid-19 test kits with China's help

In this file photo taken on July 17, 2020 doctors in personal protective equipment (PPE) check the status of a patient infected with Covid-19 in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Saint Petros Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Photo credit: Amanuel Sileshi | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The announcement came as the Horn of Africa nation passed the mark of one million tests, the third highest in the continent after South Africa and Morocco.
  • Deputy State Health Minister, Dr Dereje Duguma said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is advising the Chinese government on the matter and that manufacturing will begin in September.
  • He did not give details of the production capacity but said Ethiopia will completely stop importing test kits.

As Covid-19 cases continued to climb sharply, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that the country will start manufacturing its own test kits with China’s help.

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