NEW DELHI, April 27 - The country�s apex health research body ICMR on Monday asked states to stop using the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits procured from two Chinese companies and return them to be sent back to the suppliers.
In an advisory sent to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said it �evaluated the kits of Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livson Diagnostics in field conditions. The results have shown wide variation in their sensitivity, despite early promise of good performance for surveillance purpose�.
�In view of this, states are advised to stop using these kits, procured from the above mentioned companies and return them to be sent back to the suppliers,� it said.
The health ministry on its part issued a statement saying that after receipt of some supplies, ICMR has conducted quality checks on these kits in field conditions. � PTI