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Coronavirus Pandemic: ICMR moves tender to manufacture 1 million testing kits for COVID-19

In order to satisfy the urgent demand, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) moved a tender for supply of one million coronavirus testing kits.

Coronavirus Pandemic: ICMR moves tender to manufacture 1 million testing kits for COVID-19
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As the cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 rise in India, the demand for testing kits is increases every hour. The total number of cases in the country has increased to 694 with 14 deaths. In order to satisfy the urgent demand, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) moved a tender for supply of one million coronavirus testing kits.

The manufacturers will lay their quotations and will provide testing kits to test patients who are suspected of contracting the coronavirus or COVID-19. The ICMR floated the tender on Wednesday and will close at 12:300 PM today. Any manufacturer with an Indian-based supplier can bid in the tender, livemint reported.

As the ICMR invites quotations from the manufacturers, it has asked the rates per kit and also details on the number of tests which can be done in one kit. The ICMR has set the qualification criteria limited to systems which have been approved by US Food and Drug Administration, the European regulator’s CE in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) certification or approval from the National Institute of Virology in Pune. 

“So far, while Roche Diagnostics ‘cobas’ and Co-Diagnostics’ Logix Smart COVID-19 test kits have US FDA’s emergency use authorisation, diagnostics kits of MyLabs and Altona have been validated at NIV, Pune,” the livemint reported.

Meanwhile, Co-Diagnostics’ Indian joint venture firm CoSara will be producing the US FDA-authorised kits in India. The Prime Minister on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown in view of the increasing cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 across the country.

The kits will have to supply to ICMR’s regional facilities at Mumbai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bhopal. 

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