Health NGO Recommends Only Nine Rapid Tests Out of 24 Brands

Health NGO Recommends Only Nine Rapid Tests Out Of 24 Brands

Local health NGO, Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization (HKBIO), reported that nine among the popular 24 rapid COVID-19 test kit brands found in Hong Kong perform better than others.

The NGO tested 24 brands, including 17 brands from mainland China, two each from Hong Kong and Singapore, and the remainder from the United States, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Four brands – BGI-YHLO, GP Getein, Jinwofu, and Longsee – ranked the highest in performance and overall accuracy. Stable rapid test brands included Wisdom, WisBiotech, Wondfo, BNIBT, and Camtech.

Four of the nine brands - Indicaid, Wondfo, BGI-YHLO, and Jinwofu - have been purchased and distributed by the government to those heavily affected areas and elderly groups.

The researchers at HKBIO first analysed public information about the tests in judgement of whether they meet the standards of the Beijing’s National Medical Products Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The RATs were then tested in terms of sensitivity, reliability, accuracy, and user-friendliness.

The study did not identify any fraudulent or defective products, said HKBIO Chairman Albert Yu Cheung-hoi.   

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