September 27, 2022

Korea’s medical technology reached 105,379 on March 2, the number of people tested (COVID-19), playing a leading role in the government’s rapid response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease

Korea Center adopted real-time RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction), a test method using DNA in public health and environmental think tanks in 18 cities and provinces for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on January 31st. RT-PCR was adopted 18 days after KCDC announced that it would begin developing test methods for COVID-19.

The conventional pan-coronavirus test method takes 24 hours and requires 2 steps, whereas the RT-PCR system takes 6 hours.

From February 7, the RT-PCR method has been adopted by about 50 clinics accredited by KCDC. Domestic private companies are also developing test children based on this model.

The approval system for emergency use has played a pivotal role in the government’s rapid response to COVID-19. Adopted for the pandemic preparation in 2017, the system allows the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to temporarily approve requested drugs by the KCDC through a fast track procedure in the event of a shortage of state-certified drugs. It usually takes about a year for a test drug to be approved.

The KCDC and the Ministry on February 4 approved the first pharmaceutical products through this system.

As of March 4th, KCDC has nominated test drugs from four companies: Seegene, Kogene Biotech, SolGent and SD Biosensor, which are used in this field as of March 4. The company is waiting for drug approval.

Health authorities are focusing on rapid diagnosis to find people infected with COVID-19 and reduce the source of infection.

On March 1, KCDC, Deputy Director Kwon Joon-wook said at a regular briefing, “The US health authorities find confirmed cases and minimize the mitigation of infectious diseases by blocking the cause of the spread of the virus.”

“By quickly detecting even a single confirmed case, we can protect public health and reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus a little.”