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Thailand Makes Its Own Covid-19 Tests to Avoid Import Reliance

  • Siam Bioscience says it can produce 100,000 tests a month
  • Thailand’s strategy of locally made kits mirrors vaccine plan
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Thailand is ramping up domestic production of Covid-19 test kits to avoid a potential shortage, as it prepares for a possible second wave of infections after most businesses and services reopened.

“Thailand has always received criticism for testing too few, and that was the case at the outset because there weren’t enough test kits,” said Songpon Deechongkit, managing director of Siam Bioscience Co., which has distributed 100,000 kits to the local government since early April. With recent expansion, it can now produce as many as 100,000 per month “to ensure health security and to be less reliant on imports.”