SA company to manufacture Covid-19 rapid test kits
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorised a local biotechnology company, CapeBio, to manufacture rapid test kits for Covid-19. The test kits, co-developed by CapeBio and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will help to reduce SA’s reliance on imports, making it easier for the country to gain speedy access to test kits, reported TimesLive (17 August 2021). .
Daniel Ndima, CEO of CapeBio, said the company has already commenced industrial scale manufacturing of the test kits at its Centurion facilities, and the first batches will be available for local market uptake before the end of August. At full capacity, the company will be able to produce up to 5 000 kits a day, with each kit providing for 1 000 tests.