2 testing labs in Serbia get boost from China

By Zhou Mo and Pei Pei in Shenzhen | chinadaily.com.cn
Updated: April 9, 2020
Technicians conduct sample tests at a "Huo-Yan laboratory" established by genomics sequencing company BGI Group in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on Feb 6, 2020. [Photo/Asia News Photo]

Chinese genomics company BGI Group signed an agreement with the Serbian government on Wednesday to help the European country build two coronavirus testing laboratories, as the pandemic continues to rage across the continent.

The two labs, one located in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, and the other in the southern city of Nis, will be capable of testing a combined 3,000 samples per day once they begin to operate, significantly boosting the country's testing capabilities.

The Belgrade lab will be built at the country's national medical center, which is currently being renovated.

"Thank you for what you have done for the Serbian people at this difficult time," Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told BGI. "We have received support and help from China in medical supplies, experts, technology and experience from our first day of battling the coronavirus. Without Chinese help, we would not be able to win the battle."

Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo said the embassy will continue to provide help so that the two labs can begin operating as soon as possible.

Wang Jian, BGI's founder and chairman, said testing is crucial for early detection and control of the coronavirus. It can effectively prevent delays of medical treatment and reduce public panic.

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