As Covid-19 cases continued to climb sharply, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that the country will start manufacturing its own test kits with China’s help.
The announcement came as the Horn of Africa nation passed the mark of one million tests, the third highest in the continent after South Africa and Morocco.
The ministry said preparations for the collaboration with China were going well.
Deputy State Health Minister, Dr Dereje Duguma said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is advising the Chinese government on the matter and that manufacturing will begin in September.
He did not give details of the production capacity but said Ethiopia will completely stop importing test kits.
The country is also planning to export the product to other African nations.