Spain has returned coronavirus testing kits ordered from China for the second time, after claiming that the second batch is also faulty, Dailymail reported.
The testing kits were manufactured and shipped to Spain by Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy to replace the first batch of 58,000 kits, which the Spanish government had deemed faulty be used to diagnose patients.
Spain’s Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that they are now seeking a refund from Bioeasy for the entire order of 640,000 testing kits.
According to El Pais newspaper, the tests were found to be problematic as they were not sensitive enough, meaning there was a chance they would not detect Covid-19 in a person who already had the infection,
According to the publication, Bioeasy sent a sample of the new kits which were analyzed at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid and found to be faulty, prompting Spain to cancel the entire order.
It is not clear how much the order cost.
From the total of 640,000 testing kits sent by Bioeasy, the Spanish Health Ministry was forced to return 58,000 of them at the end of March.
Spain’s Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare said in a statement that test kits supplied by Bioeasy were defective and had failed to correctly diagnose people when tested at hospitals.
Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced late last month that the country had bought $467 million in medical supplies from China, including 950 ventilators, 5.5 million testing kits, 11 million gloves and more than half a billion protective face masks.
Shenzhen Bioeasy said in a statement that the initial incorrect results may be a result of a failure to collect samples or use the kits correctly. The firm said it had not adequately communicated with clients how to use the kits.
Spain has recorded more than 208,000 infection cases and 21,700 deaths.
The coronavirus has infected 2,594,724 people around the world and has caused the deaths of an estimated 179,778 people as of Wednesday April 22.