A manufacturing company based in Karaj, Tehran’s suburb, has began the mass production of coronavirus test kits, as footage from Saturday shows.
Pishtaz Teb Zaman Diagnostics, the company behind the project, opened in 1998 as a research and development agency and later started specialising in other medical fields, including production of medical devices.
“The main quality of this kit is that it is capable of showing exposure level and immune system activity of people who have been infected with the virus. As a matter of fact, it shows how many antiviral molecules of their bodies’ immune system were produced after the virus entered their bodies,” said Dr. Parviz Kavakeb, a quality control manager at the company.
The factory was visited by country’s Vice-President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari, who praised the production of the kits.
“Two kits are now under mass production. Precisely, the kits work based on PCR analysis. The company is capable of producing approximately 400,000 kits per month. After that, serological kits which (in the discussions are believed to) be produced at around 8 million units per month. This is such a great event for our country. All these tools of production are done just in one factory,” said Sattari.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Saturday night, Iran has registered 70,029 cases of the coronavirus with 4,357 deaths.