June 22, 2020, 11.22 PM
Minister Muhadjir Effendy is targeting a monthly domestic production of 2 million units of PCR test kits. ANTARA FOTO/REUTERS/(The Yomiuri Shimbun)/Naoya MasudaMinister Muhadjir Effendy is targeting a monthly domestic production of 2 million units of PCR test kits.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government has announced it has begun to produce its own PCR test kits.

A PCR test kit is a polymerase chain reaction test used to detect the Covid-19 virus.

The announcement was made by Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy on June 22.

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Indonesian state-owned enterprise PT Bio Farma is the producer of the country’s own PCR test kits.

The Indonesian government has encouraged various stakeholders from the private and public sectors to help address the coronavirus pandemic.

Read also: Indonesia Seeks Partners for Coronavirus Vaccine Production

Most of the measures carried out thus far have been in finding a coronavirus vaccine.

“We have reported to Indonesian President Jokowi that we are able to produce our own PCR test kits," said Muhadjir.

"Yesterday, I visited the Bio Farma factory in which the company is able to produce 50,000 units of the PCR test kits every week.” 

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