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First express test kits for antibodies to COVID-19, delivered from China by Silk Way Rally Association, provided to Russia Today Media Holding employees

First express test kits for antibodies to COVID-19, delivered from China by Silk Way Rally Association, provided to Russia Today Media Holding employees

RT TV Network is the first Russian company to launch large-scale testing for antibodies to COVID-19 among its employees. In Russia, such tests are now mainly given to health care workers.

Express tests detects antibodies the body creates to neutralize the virus in a blood sample. The test result helps to quickly reveal which individuals have been exposed to the virus and might have immunity to coronavirus. 

After the beginning of outbreak in China, such tests were widely implemented among the citizens of Wuhan and other Chinese cities, which were progressively recovering from epidemic. 

Russia Today and other Russian companies are able to receive these express tests thanks to the partnership of the Human Stem Cells Institute with Silk Way Rally Association. Previously, SWR logistics specialists in cooperation with the personnel of Russian Ministry of Defense promptly delivered from China 2,000,000 of such test kits as well as other personal protective equipment for Russian military doctors at the request of the Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu. 

‘Express tests for antibodies help the directors of both military and civil entities of Russia to determine whether an individual has been exposed to COVID-19, which is crucially important for taking management decisions and minimizing risks for those not able to work from home. I would like to acknowledge the contribution of Silk Way Rally Association Director General Mr.Bulat Yanborisov, who possesses many year’s experience of cooperation with China at every level. It made possible to have high-quality express test kits and PPE, recommended by PRC government and proven effective in Wuhan, delivered in Russia, where there was the strongest demand for them. We believe that we should undertake comprehensive measures to have things get back to normal as soon as possible,’ Sino-Russian COVID-19 Spread Prevention Experience Exchange Group Representative Rusudan Mamardashvili said. 

Silk Way Rally Association is an organizer of a transnational humanitarian project, conducted commonly by Russia and China and based on the 599-r order of the Government of the Russian Federation, dated April 8, 2001. The project exercises the cooperation between relevant executive authorities of rally host countries at every level and develops national management, which allows to implement the gained experience and mature system of communication to conduct large-scale interstate projects in politics and business.