Sweden: Chinese gargle tests for Covid-19 infected by microorganisms

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publicerad 27 november 2021
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Gurgelprov och Per Sikora
Gargle test result and Per Sikora

Three microbiologists in Sweden found that all Chinese gargle samples tested for Covid19 were heavily contaminated with millions of live microorganisms. The gargle samples will be used in Swedish schools. Sampling coordinator Per Sikora is not particularly interested, despite the astonishing findings.

Parents have shown concern about having their children tested for Covid-19 at school. Three experienced Swedish blood analysis therapists with training in biomedical analysis and molecular biology had the opportunity to microscope 17 gargle samples for Covid-19 produced in China.

All sample kits were deeply contaminated with live, active, and mobile microorganisms. Live flagellates and presumed amoebas were also found in the sampling fluids consisting of allegedly “sterile” saline solution intended for gargling.

The aim is for children in Swedish schools to gargle the liquid and then spit out the solution into another container. The test should then generate a negative or positive result for Covid-19.

The analysts also obtained the accompanying information sheet from the Västra Götaland region (vgregion.se). The information sheet is entitled “Gargle test for Covid-19” and refers to a so-called “direct test” from Eurofins Scientific (Eurofins.se), one of the world’s largest laboratory groups offering chemical and microbiological analyses.

Eurofins analyzes food, drinking water, wastewater, and gargle samples. Its turnover in 2008 was EUR 633 million and it employs around 10,000 people in 37 countries.

The producer of the saline solutions for gargle samples is Wuxi NEST Biotechnology Company in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, a city about 40 miles from Wuhan.

Per Sikora regional test coordinator is not particularly interested in the findings

The microbiologists who discovered the contamination called Per Sikora, who is the regional sampling coordinator for Region Västra Götaland (VGR) and coordinator of the Genomic Medicine Center West, a collaboration between Sahlgrenska Academy, SciLifeLab, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

However, Per Sikora shows little interest in the spectacular findings. Not even when the blood analysts point out that the hospital region does not carry out any analysis or sampling of the sample solutions, Per Sikora reacts with surprise.

Per Sikora believes that as long as the producer of the sample kits follows European quality standards, there is no reason to investigate or suspect contamination.

“Well, the fact is that we trust the labels that our suppliers deliver and it is the position of the Västra Götaland region that we trust our procured suppliers who follow the requirements and specifications that we have set”.

He further says that the region has no reason to distrust the supplier and that he is not even particularly interested in controls, but admits that if the microbiologists’ results are published, it could possibly be interesting.

NewsVoice has now published a preliminary test result.

Per Sikora finally reserves himself with the words:

“But we are not in the habit in healthcare, at all, of conducting policy-making based on what is at best anecdotal evidence”.

The statement is remarkable. How can the findings in the cucumber liquids examined by trained microbiologists be considered “anecdotal evidence at best”? (ed note)

Reuters: Japan suspends 1.6 mln doses of Moderna shot after contamination reports”.

Schoolchildren must be protected from the risk of infection

Microbiologists argue that there are very good reasons to further investigate whether the sampling kits meet current European cleanliness requirements. Moreover, it is easy, quick and cheap to carry out spot checks.

There are good arguments for controls because it is a matter of life and health for those who gargle with the infected sampling fluid.

Region West has bought half a million sampling kits to be used in schools. At present, no one knows what these microorganisms are and it cannot be ruled out that they are pathogenic.

As the health regions (see list below) in Sweden are now informed of the potentially harmful gargling fluids through this article and video, a legal situation arises.

All coordinators, clinic managers, and school administrators who, despite this warning, execute Covid-19 tests with contaminated sample kits are likely to be subject to future criminal investigations (editor’s note).

By Torbjörn Sassersson, undergraduate in microbiology at Stockholm University, Editor, News Voice | Video source: Frihetochhalsa.se

Related

European IVD standard: “This European Standard specifies general requirements for in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVD MDs) for self-testing in order to ensure that IVD MDs for self-testing are safe and suitable for the purposes as specified by the manufacturer. This standard does not address medical aspects of IVD MDs for self-testing.”

The “sterile” gargling liquid is produced by:

Wuxi NEST Biotechnology Company Ltd
No 530 Xida Road New District
Wuxi Jiangsu, China
E-mail: info@nest-wuxi.com
Phone: +86 510 6878 8698
MFG: 073021, Exp 2023-07-29
Subcontractor: Sungo Europe, Amsterdam, Holland.
Subcontractor: Eurofins Scientific (Eurofins Food & Feed Testing Sweden AB Sjöhagsgatan 3, 531 40 Lidköping, Eurofins.se).


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