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HCMC set to inspect trade of Covid test kits 

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC government has told the HCMC Inspectorate to set up inter-disciplinary inspection teams to look into the trade, production and import of Covid-19 test kits citywide.

The decision came after the country was stunned by a test kit price gouging and kickback scandal involving Viet A Technology Corporation and a number of provincial centers for disease control.

The HCMC move is aimed at detecting any violations in the process of trading and importing tests, according to a dispatch signed by HCMC Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc today, January 5.

The inspection teams will inspect entities that have participated in the trading and import of rapid test and RT-PCR test kits.

The dispatch requires public healthcare centers under the HCMC Department of Health to review their procurements, with a focus on the quality and prices of medical equipment and Covid test kits and testing services.

The HCMC Department of Health was assigned to inspect the quality and prices of medical equipment and test kits imported by businesses to see whether they have committed bidding irregularities and price gouging.

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