UK Government officials are disappointing for a refund after paying £16 million to Chinese companies for COVID 19 testing kits that did not work.
UK has paid the huge sum to two Chinese companies despite the technology behind the kits being unproven, the New York Times reports.
All Test Biotech and Wondfo Biotech, both stated their products made the health, safety and environmental standards set by the European Union.
Public health officials considered the specifications on paper while the foreign office dispatched diplomats in China to ensure the companies existed and to examine their products.
A spokesperson fromUK stated that the stocks were bought on the ‘basis of minimum initial volumes’ and said that where tests didn’t work, orders would be canceled and costs recovered ‘wherever possible’.
Finding antibody tests that work is seen as a critical stage in the battle against coronavirus.
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