DRDO denies reports that PPE kits donated by China ‘falied’ quality tests


NEW DELHI: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Thursday, denied reports which claimed that Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits donated to the Indian government from China failed quality tests, reports Time Now.

In a statement, DRDO clarified that the defence research agency ‘does not pass or fail kits provided to it for testing by Hindustan Latex Ltd or any other vendor’.

“Our labs only carry out tests as per set standards and provide that to the agencies concerned,” DRDO officials were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Multiple reports said that about 50,000 of the 1.7 lakh PPE kits received from China on April 5, failed quality tests. Later, two small consignments with 30,000 and 10,000 PPE kits also failed the tests – a report said.

According to the report, the kits were tested at the Defence Research and Development Organisation laboratory in Gwalior.

The Indian government is procuring CE/FDA certified PPE kits only but some consignments received as donations failed the quality tests.

Meanwhile, Assam became the first state in the country to directly procure personal protective equipment (PPE) kits from China to combat Covid-19 with a cargo plane carrying 50,000 PPE kits from China’s Guangzhou landing at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. Health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma received the massive consignment at the airport.

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