Seems to be a systemic problem with China as in 2017, the Chinese Communist Party issued a sizable medical equipment recall for faulty quality. It is unclear just what equipment was included but the CCP said they would reissue equipment under tighter controls. Swell.
Translated from El Pais newspaper:
The much-announced rapid tests for coronaviruses with which the Government wanted to start testing the broader layers of the population to find out what is the real size of the contagion in Spain do not work well. This has been confirmed by several microbiology laboratories of large hospitals in the analyzes that have been made of the kits recently arrived from China. The results of these preliminary tests are discouraging: “They do not detect the positive cases as expected,” says a source who has participated in the tests and who asks for anonymity.
The rapid tests, manufactured by the Chinese company Bioeasy, based in Shenzhen, one of the technological poles of the Asian country, have a sensitivity of 30%, when it should be above 80%, these sources indicate. One of the microbiologists who has analyzed the Chinese test assures: “With that value it does not make sense to use these tests.” The conclusion of the experts who have evaluated these detection kits is that they will have to continue using the current test, the PCR. This has been reported to the Carlos III Health Institute, under the Ministry of Health.
The price of the sale of Chinese medical equipment to Spain was $467 million. In the transaction of medical equipment was 950 ventilators, 5.5 million testing kits and 11 million gloves and 500 million protective face masks. Chinese blamed one of its own companies called Bioesy and declared the company was not licensed. Okay, sure Beijing.
Up to 80 percent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, according to local Czech news site Expats.cz. The tests can produce a result in 10 or 15 minutes but are usually less accurate than other tests. Because of the high error rate, the country will continue to rely on conventional laboratory tests, of which they perform about 900 a day.
The country’s Health Ministry paid $546,000 for 100,000 of the test kits, while the Interior Ministry paid for the other 50,000.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek downplayed the discovery that many of the tests were faulty, blaming it on a possible wrong methodology and saying the kits can still be used “when the disease has been around for some time,” or when “someone returns after quarantine after fourteen days.”
“In my opinion, this is not about some scandalous revelation that it is not working,” Hamacek said.
Meanwhile, Spain, which has more than 56,000 infected people and more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths, the second-highest number of fatalities in the world after Italy, found that the rapid coronavirus test kits it purchased from Chinese company Bioeasy only correctly identified 30 percent of virus cases, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The director Spain’s Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, said Spain tested 9,000 of the test kits and will return them based on their high error rate.
Studies performed on the tests which discovered the high error rate caused the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology to recommend officially that the tests not be used.
The Chinese embassy in Spain claimed the Bioeasy products are not included in the products China has been supplying to countries where the virus has broken out.
Spain has 49,515 confirmed cases and there have been so many deaths in one small town, the officials had to use an ice skating rink to hold the bodies for burial processing.