South Korean company’s unit in Haryana starts producing COVID-19 rapid test kits

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SD Biosensor chairperson Young-shik Cho on Tuesday called on Sripriya Ranganathan, India's Ambassador to South Korea

A South Korea-based company in Haryana’s Manesar has rolled out five lakh rapid antibody test kits now available for use as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

SD Biosensor, which started production from its Manesar facility with a capacity to churn out 5,00,000 rapid test kits, aims to scale up production in the coming weeks to meet the growing demand, said a statement from the Embassy of India in South Korea’s capital Seoul.

The company’s chairperson Young-shik Cho on Tuesday called on Sripriya Ranganathan, India’s Ambassador to South Korea, to discuss the company’s activities and plans for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move came a day after sources in the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said India will procure at least five lakh rapid test kits from South Korea. The consignments from Humasis Ltd are expected to arrive in four batches starting April 30 as a part of the central pool and will be given to states.

The rapid test kits help examine whether a person has developed antibodies in their blood stream to fight the novel coronavirus, which indicates whether a person has been exposed to or has COVID-19.

Ranganathan had indicated that India is likely to be the beneficiary of South Korea’s manufacturing plans post the Covid-19 crisis and how the world does business.

“I am hopeful that over the next few months, this will obviously not be an immediate development, but over the next few months more Korean companies will see the merit of setting up their manufacturing in India so that they are able to meet the huge demands of India right there, from there,” she had told CNN-News18 in an exclusive interview over the phone from Seoul.

(With Agency Inputs)

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