Barrick Gold has purchased more than 800,000 finger-prick antibody testing kits to screen workers and the communities living close to its mines.
Chief executive Mark Bristow said the Canada-based company had invested a lot in the tests, which can be used to detect if a person’s immune system has COVID-19 or has recovered from it.
“We’ve got 300,000 kits on the way. We’ve got about 150,000 in the country already and another 400,000 that we have just finalized (buying),” Bristow said in an interview from Johannesburg, where he is working from a home he hasn’t lived in for 12 years.
“We buy them from all over the place. South Korea, China. We’ve bought some from the U.K. There are also some local tests available in the Dominican Republic.”
Barrick is one of one of the world’s biggest mining companies, with assets spread around the globe from Papua New Guinea to