Georgian Minister of Health: We have ordered 84, 000 PCR tests and 24,000 antibody tests and we plan to import 200,000 rapid tests
At this stage, an additional 10,000 gold standard PCR tests have been imported in Georgia and 18,000 will be imported later, - Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze stated at a briefing at the Administration of the Government of Georgia, InterPressNews reports.
In addition, according to her, 4,000 antibody tests are already in Georgia, and 20,000 tests of the same type are on their way. As for the rapid tests, at this stage their number in the country is 2,000, however, as the Minister noted, after their safety and high reliability are confirmed, it is planned to import 200,000 more.
“At this stage, we have 2,000 PCR gold standard tests in Georgia. We have also imported additional 10,000 tests and 18,000 tests are now being imported. The total number of orders is 84, 000. In addition, we already have 4,000 antibody tests and 20,000 more are now being imported. We have signed an agreement, according to which, their total number is 24,000.
Rapid tests require more caution and supervision. Therefore, we will use these tests only in rare cases. There are 2, 000 of them in the country at this stage and 52 000 are on their way. As for the total number of orders, after the National Center for Disease Control confirms the safety and high reliability of these tests, we plan to import additional 200,000 tests,"- said Tikaradze.