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As part of over 800,000 antigen test kits allocated to the South of Thailand, Phuket has received 139,375 ATKs to support the fledgling tourism relaunch on the popular travel destination island. The National Health Security Office reported the delivery to Phuket today from the Zone 11 office based in Surat Thani. The nearly 140,000 test kits to Phuket was the largest single batch given to any province, and the kits will be distributed quickly using a network of public and private organisations. The tests will be available at the Phuket Provincial Health Office, clinics, pharmacies, and hospital facilities, where personnel […]

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10 minutes ago, ozvenision said:

140K of test kits... that will help the TAT potential of MILLIONS of tourists 😄

It will definitely bring down the official covid numbers... only pcr tests get recorded !

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Yeah, and a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat just did a study in which the false positive rate for those test, when compared with PCR tests, was really high. So if they plan on using these tests on tourists, get ready for a life in hell.

This company that makes these test voluntarily withdrew their test kits from the US when problems were found with them. I wonder if Thailand just got those very same kits.

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23 minutes ago, DrBongo said:

Yeah, and a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat just did a study in which the false positive rate for those test, when compared with PCR tests, was really high. So if they plan on using these tests on tourists, get ready for a life in hell.

This company that makes these test voluntarily withdrew their test kits from the US when problems were found with them. I wonder if Thailand just got those very same kits.

Yes, they are the same testkits.

The government here decided to buy 8.5m of them and then test them for accuracy, instead of ordering a few and testing them first. Makes sense right? They never published the results of their accuracy tests either. 

BTW they weren't voluntarily withdrawn from the US. They were recalled as they were not just inaccurate but they started selling them without FDA approval! :

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-recalls/lepu-medical-technology-recalls-sars-cov-2-antigen-rapid-test-kit-and-leccurate-sars-cov-2-antibody

Meanwhile Spain and India have recalled them as well.

I guess Thailand got them very cheap...

Can you post a link to the hospital study? That would be interesting.

If it's this one, then that was tax-money well spent 🤬🤬🤬

https://www.newsdirectory3.com/nakhon-si-thammarat-province-ordered-all-hospitals-not-to-use-atk-le-pu-set-found-half-to-half-false-results/

https://thestandard-co.translate.goog/nakhon-si-thammarat-prohibit-lepu-atk/?_x_tr_sl=th&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=nui,sc

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