According to Spain’s prime minister, coronavirus test kits supplied by a Chinese company have been sent back after being deemed to be inaccurate. Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Saturday and confirmed that the kits would be replaced.
The Spanish government faced immense criticism following the purchase of more than half a million kits, 60,000 of which were found to be only 30 percent effective. This prompted critics to question the process the government followed when it purchased the kits.
“It is an institution that approves, in this case, the fast tests. It complies with the regulations and requirements needed to guarantee that the test is effective. In this very particular case, they have been returned to the provider and a different test with guarantees is going to be supplied.” – Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain
The Chinese company that supplied the kits claimed the incorrect results may be due to a failure to collect samples or use the tests correctly. The Czech Republic also reported a similar situation this week, saying around 80 percent of the 150,000 kits delivered from China were faulty.