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COVID-19 Test Kits Exported in 2018 Anonymous 09/05/2020 (Sat) 05:48:54 Id:958dc1 No. 1535
Yes - 2018 COVID-19 Test kits (382200) exports by country in 2018 Source: https://wits.worldbank.org/trade/comtrade/en/country/ALL/year/2018/tradeflow/Exports/partner/WLD/nomen/h5/product/382200 Archive: https://archive.ph/gxjGr spreadsheet downloaded and then uploaded here https://files.catbox.moe/v6xc42.xlsx pics - screenshot, interesting bottom of the page, and excerpt from spreadsheet Guize, I don't know what to do with this information, so if you can do anything with it, great.
>In 2018, Top exporters of COVID-19 Test kits are United States ($7,222,382.19K ), European Union ($6,980,107.93K , 103,727,000 Kg), Germany ($4,385,659.01K , 100,832,000 Kg), Netherlands ($2,290,878.90K , 10,462,100 Kg), United Kingdom (\$1,875,643.94K , 11,520,000 Kg) Why did they need all those tons of test kits? Something sounds wrong.
>>1535 Those weren't test kits specifically for COVID-19. Those are simply test kits that can be used to detect COVID-19.
It's under "Additional product information:" >Diagnostic reagents based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nucleic acid test So yeah, it makes a functional COVID-19 test kit but the stuff is a lot more generic than that.
>>1535 You're a fucking idiot grasping at straws that don't exist to try and prove your dumb conspiracy theory anon, these tests are generalized. A lot of tests can be generally be used to detect many diseases, as well as COVID-19, just like >>1830 and >>1831 say. Or do we go into the fact that if you go to that link and switch out the 200 with a 100, it directly tracks the amount of cotton swabs sold, and I'm sure cotton swabs, which are used literally everywhere when it comes to checking for diseases in medical facilities, are somehow part of a secret plot where countries around the world were planning to throw it into chaos with a disease... not
>>1535 PCR is just a means by which one can test for the presence of a particular sequence of DNA in a DNA sample. In order for these kits to be specifically designed for COVID-19, they would contain primer samples that would correspond to the coronavirus. I doubt that specific COVID-19 testing kits would amount to the kinds of tonnage indicated in those screenshots, it would make more sense that those quantities refer to total, general PCR kits. So then why are they specifically labelled 'COVID-19 Test kits'? I assume that the name for PCR kits was changed in the database, just for the sake of those who might be ordering these kits who don't necessarily know that the kits they require to test for COVID are PCR kits. It's idiot-proofing. There might be some kind of wayback machine means of finding out if these products were ever labelled differently?

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