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Turkish company exports COVID-19 antigen test to 20 countries

Turkish company exports COVID-19 antigen test to 20 countries

A Turkish company, which is based in Ankara, is producing COVID-19 antigen tests using domestic resources and exporting it to nearly 20 countries.

The development comes as research, especially on coronavirus vaccines, continues at full speed across the world.

To effectively combat the pandemic, high-accuracy, rapid screening tests have become hugely important.

Oncosem Oncological Systems, which operates out of the Anadolu Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ), have managed to produce COVID-19 antigen test with domestic and national resources. “The test was the result of our research and development (R&D) program,” company chairman Erol Çelik said.

“Our product is approved by the Health Ministry. It directly detects the virus,” Çelik said. “With this test, the result of the PCR device can be obtained in about 10 minutes.”

“Our test kit is 96% accurate,” he said, noting that accuracy tests are conducted by independent organizations.

The chairman added that it is a 90% locally made product.

“The COVID-19 antigen test is currently approved as a product and brand in Europe. The product was placed on refund lists in Europe,” Çelik said.