2020.03.27 10:30

US firm to make 20,000 coronavirus tests for Lithuania next week

Paulius Viluckas, BNS2020.03.27 10:30

Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, the Lithuanian branch of the global corporation Thermo Fisher, will provide the first 20,000 coronavirus tests for Lithuanian next week, its CEO says.

“We have a contract for 100,000 tests and will provide 20,000 tests every week,” Algimantas Markauskas told LRT RADIO on Thursday, adding that the company would produce tests for other countries, too.

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“Tests are sold by the corporation. The US demand for the tests is 10 million per week. Nobody can do that yet, but we are working with the whole world and Lithuania is high on the priority list of to whom Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide tests first,” he said.

Thermo Fisher will produce some components of the testing kits in Lithuania, and import the rest. According to Markauskas, the first tests are set to reach Lithuania as early as next week.

He said the company had to speed up production several times during the crisis, adding that making certain components, demand for which jumped thousands of times, might take four to six weeks.

Moreover, training people to administer the tests normally take several months, while now it will have to be done in several days, Markauskas said.

The Lithuanian government said on Monday it had signed a contract, valued at around 2 million euros, with Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics on the supply of 100,000 tests.

CORRECT: An earlier version of this article stated that Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics "will produce" the test kits.

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