The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) on Thursday said the test kits recently developed by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), cannot be deployed to test for COVID-19, as they are yet to be validated.

It said it was working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that the two World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) pre-qualified antigen rapid test kits go through validation as soon as they arrive in the country.

Of the 33 brands of rapid/PCR test kits evaluated by the MLSCN, all of them failed to meet the minimum acceptable criteria in terms of sensitivity and specificity. The agency, therefore, stated that none of the test kits was recommended for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection testing in Nigeria.