VILNIUS - Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, the Lithuanian branch of the global corporation Thermo Fisher, will produce the first 20,000 coronavirus tests for Lithuanian next week, its CEO says.
"We have a contract for 100,000 tests and will provide 20,000 tests every week," Algimantas Markauskas told the national radio LRT on Thursday, adding that the company would produce tests not only for Lithuania but the latter would be prioritized.
"Tests are being sold by the corporation. The US demand for the tests is 10 million per week. Nobody can do that yet but we are working with the whole world and Lithuania is high on the priority list of whom Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide tests to first," he said.
Thermo Fisher will produce part of test components in Lithuania and some of them will be imported from abroad. According to Markauskas, the first tests are set to reach Lithuania as early as next week.
In his words, technological processes have been stepped up several times during the crisis, adding that the production of certain components whose demand jumped thousands of times might take 4-6 weeks.
Also, people are trained to carry out tests for several months, and now it will have to be done in several days, Markauskas said.
The Lithuanian government said on Monday it had signed a contract, valued at around 2 million euros, with Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics on the production of 100,000 tests on March 20.