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Liège biotech company ZenTech is starting a lawsuit against the Belgian state. The company was ordered to pay 1.25 million tests to detect the presence of antibodies to the coronavirus, but was not paid for it. That message L’Echo Wednesday. “We just ask that the state adhere to the signed contract,” said Eric Poskin, ZenTech spokesperson.


The Belgian state placed an order of 3.65 million tests with ZenTech in mid-April. This involved a cost of 20 million euros. The Federal Medicines Agency, the FAMHP, approved the tests in mid-April. An initial batch of 200,000 tests was produced in mid-April. 800,000 tests followed in May and another 250,000 in late June. But there was no sign of life from the government, the newspaper reports.

In early July, Minister Philippe De Backer stated in the media that he wanted to review the order. The reason was the changed insights around the tests: recent analyzes showed that antibodies disappeared after a few months. This made it less useful to clarify who has or has not been infected.

But there was no concrete proposal, L’Echo writes. On Monday evening, the Liège company finally received a request to wait until September 15. And so the Liège company goes to court. A ruling is expected at the end of this month. At the RTBF, De Backer responded “not to be impressed”. His cabinet “conducts negotiations with them, in a constructive atmosphere”. The minister would not want to say more.

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