FM Kang: Korea to export 600,000 test kits to US


Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha on April 13 confirms that Korea will send some 600,000 test kits for COVID-19 to the U.S. in an interview with France 24, a publicly owned French TV network. (Screen shot from France 24's YouTube channel)

By Lee Hana

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha on April 13 confirmed that Korea will export some 600,000 test kits for COVID-19 to the U.S.

"The contract to send 600,000 test kits to the U.S. has been signed and they should be ready for shipment soon," she told France 24, a publicly owned French TV network, in an interview. "They were quickly approved by the (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration as the result of a phone conversation between President Moon Jae-in and President Donald Trump last month."

"We are also sending test kits to many other countries as well as the U.S."

Asked if she feared a second wave of COVID-19, the minister said, "(Among) those who fully recovered and were released, several tested positive again a few days after."

"We do not fully know the nature of the (coronavirus), and are learning that we have much more to learn about how it travels while simultaneously developing cures and vaccines."

On if the Korean government will enforce stricter travel measures given the increasing number of cases from those arriving from abroad in the country, Minister Kang said, "We've found many confirmed cases among recent travelers who returned to the country from overseas travel, but this is a global challenge."

"It's not enough to contain the disease inside one country; this is a challenge we must overcome together as a global community."


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