President Moon Jae-in, right, talks with Seegene CEO Chun Jong-yoon, left, Wednesday during the president’s visit to the diagnostic kit manufacturer’s office in Seoul following his phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump. [NEWS 1]Seegene is exporting at least 20,000 coronavirus diagnostic kits to Los Angeles, as the United States scrambles to fight an outbreak that Korea has battled effectively. The company took advantage of a regulatory loophole that has just been opened by U.S. authorities to cut red tape and allow for the immediate importing of the much-needed diagnostic equipment. Los Angeles County said late Tuesday night that it signed a $1.25 million deal to buy the Covid-19 test kits from Seegene Technologies, the U.S. subsidiary of the Korean point-of-care diagnostic company.The kits themselves will come directly from Korea.Los Angeles County is in discussion with Seegene to buy more test kits. Test kits will be supplied to medical professionals and paramedics.A lack of diagnostic solutions has slowed the response in the United States and may have contributed to the rapid rise in the number of cases. According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States reported a total of 53,740 confirmed cases and 706 deaths from the novel coronavirus in… Read full this story
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