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1M rapid test kits touch down

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Rapid test kits from South Korea arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport on Saturday. Cambodia Airways

1M rapid test kits touch down

The Ministry of Health purchased one million SD Biosensor Covid-19 rapid test kits from South Korea, with its shipment arriving in the Kingdom on Saturday through coordination by the Cambodian embassy there.

Cambodian ambassador Long Dimanche told The Post on June 28 that the government sent two aircraft to pick up the test kits directly from South Korea.

“These test kits weigh a total of 25 tonnes and one aircraft can only carry 18 tonnes, so the government sent two aircraft. Our embassy is the mediator for the purchase with the South Korean government and the company that sold these rapid test kits. The embassy also organised for the aircraft to land and transport them,” he said.

Through the embassy, Dimanche said the South Korean government also provided support and equipment for the fight against Covid-19 including rapid test kits, masks, and medical equipment for both the private and public sectors.

“This shows the cooperation in the field of health between our two countries in the context of the Covid-19. This mutual aid helps all to overcome the pandemic and leads to investment, trade and cooperation in other fields,” he said.

According to a press release from Cambodia Airways on June 26, the two aircraft transported almost 1,500 boxes of the Covid-19 rapid test kits.

With the arrival of the test kits, the airline said it had helped both countries, especially Cambodia, in finding infected people as well as screening for the new Delta variant of Covid-19.

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