TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Vahid Younesi, the business development manager at Pishtaz Teb Zaman Diagnostics, said the research and development team at his company began its work on the production of indigenous laboratory test kits for the new coronavirus, after the first cases were confirmed in Iran last month and upon a call for cooperation by the country’s Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.
“Researchers and specialists at the firm are working round-the-clock and strenuously on the matter and have utilized the instructions plus world experience, especially by the two pioneer counties of the US and China in the manufacture of coronavirus diagnostic test kits,” he pointed out.
Younesi added that Pishtaz Teb Zaman Diagnostics can supply recommended labs with 80,000 kits every week, and has expressed its readiness to deliver 400,000 kits within the next Persian calendar month (April 20 – My 20).
“COVID-19 will be correctly diagnosed in suspected patients with the product. These kits will seek out [the virus’] viral genomes, and the result will be out once the diagnosis process is completed,” he noted.
Younesi highlighted that his knowledge-based company has already mass-produced the coronavirus diagnostic test kits, and is awaiting proper permits for distribution among laboratories approved by the Iranian health ministry.
The Iranian coronavirus test kit “is exactly on par with the foreign-made ones as regards precision, functionality and time of diagnosis … It will take two hours for test results to come out,” he said.