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S. Korean COVID-19 test kits soon to be exported to U.S. Updated: 2020-03-31 17:08:32 KST

Three South Korean companies have been approved to export coronavirus test kits to the U.S.
Seoul's foreign ministry says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the tests interim approval.
Seoul has confirmed with the White House that the procurement process will soon begin.
The U.S. has only given the tests an interim approval as giving them an official approval is a lengthy process and there is an urgent need for more tests in the U.S.
Speaking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the phone last week, U.S. President Donald Trump asked for Seoul's assistance regarding coronavirus medical devices.
President Moon promised his utmost support considering local supply.
Twelve South Korean test kit makers have applied for U.S. FDA approval and more are expected to gain that approval.

Over 80 countries have asked South Korea for exports or humanitarian aid of coronavirus quarantine products.
Seoul, willing to share its COVID-19 experience and know-how, will be sending quarantine products to countries in need, considering the local situation and countries' ties with South Korea.

"South Korea has already exported coronavirus test kits to the United Arab Emirates, Romania and Colombia. And dozens of countries are contacting South Korean firms directly to buy products. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News."
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