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Incomprehensible policy

Dear Sir,

Thank you for allowing me space in your daily to express an opinion.

In today's edition of The Royal Gazette (May 27, 2020), there is a front-page story titled “Test kits worth $264,000 still unused”.

Apparently, that is because of these kits not being approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. This to me is incomprehensible bordering on insane.

So let me get this straight. We are not using the kits that ultimately came from South Korea, a country with one of the best records in dealing with the coronavirus, because they have not been approved by the FDA of a country with one of the absolute worst records in dealing with the virus?

For context, consider that South Korea, a country with a population of 51 million, has a relatively low amount of deaths per capita of 269 or 5 per million.

Conversely, the US, a country with a population of 328.2 million people, has an incredibly high amount of deaths per capita reaching 100,765 and climbing, which is to date 320 deaths per million.

For further context, also consider that yesterday (May 26, 2020) there was not one death in South Korea related to Covid-19, while in the United States there were well over 600.

But, hey, we don't have approval from the FDA of the US, so the test kits remain unused. Maybe it's just me.



In this February 27, 2020 photograph, visitors with suspected symptoms of the new coronavirus, inside of a car, bottom right, get tested by members of medical team as others queue in their cars at a “drive-through” test facility at Yeungnam University Medical Centre in Daegu, South Korea (Photograph by Kim Hyun Tai/Yonhap/AP)

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Published June 03, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2020 at 8:46 am)

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