Coronavirus, tests made in China, Spain fail in panic | AP

Tests for Chinese coronaviruses have failed, the tests yield a huge number of false negatives and Spain is terrified of the fact.

According to experts in Madrid, Spain, China sold 8,000 tests to Spain without any validation; This situation is quite worrying in the second country with the highest number of deaths from coronavirus.

The Spaniards are concerned, since erroneous diagnoses increase the chances of contagion among citizens.

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Regarding the information recently published by some Spanish media on the # COVID2019 rapid tests purchased by # Spain from #China, we report the following

– Chinese Embassy in Spain (@ChinaEmbEsp)
   March 26, 2020

The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC) issued a letter recommending not to use the Chinese tests and to opt instead to use the PCR (benchmark test), even though it takes longer.

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3⃣ Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology has not yet obtained the official license from the #China National Medical Products Administration to sell its products.

– Chinese Embassy in Spain (@ChinaEmbEsp)
   March 26, 2020

Rapid antigen testing would make sense with a test that had acceptable sensitivity, the experts shared.

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We want to thank the efforts of both parties to coordinate the purchase and shipment of #China medical supplies to # Spain. The recovery of production capacity, the opening of the market and its fluidity are key to overcoming this battle. #EsteVirusLoPasamosUnidos https://t.co/Y4TviRz2lw

– Chinese Embassy in Spain (@ChinaEmbEsp)
   March 25, 2020

They do not detect the positive cases as expected, a participant of said tests shared with El País.

It was shared that the tests manufactured by Bioeasy, of Chinese origin, have a sensitivity of 30%, well below the 80% recommended for scientific validity.

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