Deputy Minister of Health Tamar Gabunia said that the Chinese company, from which Georgia was going to buy tests, informed the Georgian side about some defects, after which, the agreement was canceled.
As for the 1000 PSR tests received as a gift from the Chinese government, as the Deputy Minister said after the Intergovernmental Committee meeting, their quality was guaranteed.
"This is another company, this is not the company with which we had negotiations on the purchase of tests. We received a gift and it is used very actively, with high accuracy, as the Lugar laboratory has the mechanism to check the accuracy of each test. As for other tests, the company we had been negotiating with had similar negotiations with other European countries as well and the company itself reported some defects of the tests. We received this information before importing these tests. Thus, this agreement has been completely annulled and we are no longer cooperating in this direction.
There are alternative companies that also have various credibility and reputation ratings. These companies offer us to check the accuracy of the tests first, in order to make sure if they are as sensitive and reliable for Georgians as they were for the Chinese population. Only after this, will we continue negotiations. I cannot name the companies, because there are some commercial interests,” Tamar Gabunia said.