South Korea will begin sending Covid-19 testing kits to the US as soon as tomorrow afternoon, an official with South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in an interview with France 24 said the country will send 600,000 test kits to the US. It is unclear how many kits of the 600,000 could be sent tomorrow.
South Korea’s ability to test large numbers of people in a short period of time has been a major contributing factor in its success in combating the virus.
Kang said the tests received preliminary FDA approval "as a result of conversation between my president and President Trump last month. I think the contracts have been signed and they should be ready for shipment anytime soon. “
Trump and Moon Jae-in spoke on the phone last month about the pandemic, and Trump had requested assistance procuring medical equipment from South Korea.
SolGent, the first South Korean coronavirus test kit manufacturer to register for stockpile procurement by FEMA, told CNN on Monday that the company had already shipped 150,000 new coronavirus test kits to the US last week. SolGent could not comment if these kits were included in the 600,000 Foreign Affairs Minister Kang referred to, and it is unclear how many of the 600,000 will be sent tomorrow.