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Africa News of Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Source: bbc.com

Kenyan research centre 'running out of test kits'

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has depleted its supplies of coronavirus screening and testing kits, the Star newspaper says, quoting a report tabled on Tuesday by a Senate committee.

"The institute needs at least 790m Kenyan shillings ($7.3m; £5.9m) to restock reagents and other materials used for testing for coronavirus," the institute's director, Yeri Kombe said.

Kemri is co-ordinating the country's screening and testing of coronavirus cases, as well as conducting research on a possible vaccine for the pandemic.

The East African nation has to date confirmed 373 cases and 14 deaths.

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