US embassy declines UAE offer to test staff for COVID-19

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has offered the US embassy hundreds of tests to screen embassy staff, but the gesture was “politely declined”, due to privacy concerns, the Financial Times reported. 

According to a US official, the offer raised a “red flag” due to the involvement of Chinese firms and technology. 

The UAE testing facility opened in late March by a joint venture between Chinese genomics company BGI and artificial intelligence group G42, which has links to the Abu Dhabi ruling family. 

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