ISRAEL - Working with China on Emergency COVID-19 Testing Facility

Arno Froese

Israeli DNA company, MyHeritage, announced that it will be working with Chinese genomics giant BGI to build an emergency testing facility which will allow Israel to perform an additional 10,000 coronavirus tests per day.

The lab, slated to begin service on April 9, may double its testing output to around 20,000 tests daily.

An identical lab was set up in just five days by BGI in Wuhan, the city that was the original epicenter of the coronavirus; another was set up in Shenzhen.

According to MyHeritage CEO and co-founder Gilad Japhet, “BGI will ship to Israel in the coming days an aerial train of equipment, including dozens of advanced qPCR corona testing machines—the type of equipment used to detect RNA viruses, which allows the detection of even minimal amounts of the virus. The equipment also includes RNA extraction robots and large quantities of relevant equipment.”

According to Japhet, “Alongside the air training, about 25 experts from China will come to Israel to train us on how to work with the equipment.” 

The Chinese team of experts will be exempted from entering isolation as others landing in Israel are required to do, since they are required to come with medical certificates stating that they have tested negative for the virus.

According to Japhet, MyHeritage will be responsible for funding and Chinese BGI will donate the equipment and manpower. “Our goal is not to become rich, but to benefit humanity. This is the time for the Israeli high-tech industry to shine,” Japhet concluded., 28 March 2020

Arno's commentary

It seems that testing is one key to containing coronavirus spread. Interestingly, communist China is ready to help. In the meantime, a large volume of Chinese equipment, accompanied by experts, has arrived in Israel. 

For Israel, it’s not unusual to work with communist China, because they remember that over 94% of their Founding Fathers, who signed their Declaration of Independence, were communist-educated. Israel also knows that their lifeline to sustain the population before 1948 was based on the communist system, kibbutz. They recall that, before 1948, weapons were embargoed by the US and Britain. It was communist Czechoslovakia which supplied the needed weapons for the Jews to defend themselves. Thus, in the background of their relatively short modern history, Israel remembers, and they will benefit—as they always have in the past—from their cooperation with communist China.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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