China-aided virus test lab launched

THE handover and inauguration ceremony of a China-aided Covid-19 nucleic acid test laboratory was held in the Lao capital Vientiane.

Southwest China’s Yunnan province, which borders Laos, undertook the task to build the laboratory, and also has sent a medical team to Vientiane to install the equipment and train local technical staff.

The laboratory, which features the latest technology and advanced facilities, aims to improve the country’s nucleic acid testing capacity by over 1,000 people per day.

At the ceremony on Friday, Xiang Fangqiang, counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Laos, spoke highly of the achievements of China-Laos epidemic prevention and control cooperation.

Based on the spirit of a community with a shared future, the Chinese side would boost the China-Laos cooperation in pandemic prevention and control, promote bilateral cooperation in the post-pandemic resumption of work and production, and protect the lives and health of the two peoples, Xiang said.

Lao Deputy Health Minister Khamphone Phouthavong said the Lao people were grateful

for China’s valuable assistance in building the laboratory and providing technical training to effectively enhance Laos’ ability to fight the spread of Covid-19.

The Lao side would make full use of the laboratory and contribute further to ongoing joint

efforts to stop the epidemic, the minister added. — Xinhua

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