Roche plans to sell COVID-19 antigen lab tests by end-2020

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ZURICH, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Roche plans to start selling a higher-volume COVID-19 antigen test for laboratories by the end of the year as the Swiss drugmaker expands diagnostics for the pandemic.

“These fully automated systems can provide test results in 18 minutes for a single test (excluding time for sample collection, transport, and preparation), with a throughput of up to 300 tests per hour from a single analyser, depending on the analyser,” the group said in a statement.

The company did not immediately provide details on the accuracy of the antigen test compared to the more-common molecular tests that are now the industry standard in determining whether somebody has an active COVID-19 infection. (Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)

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  1. The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of five days.

    The mass testing comes after the discovery of a dozen cases linked to a hospital treating coronavirus patients arriving from abroad.

    In May, China tested the entire city of Wuhan – home to 11 million people and the epicentre of the global pandemic.

    The country has largely brought the virus under control.

    That is in stark contrast to other parts of the world, where there are still high case numbers and lockdown restrictions of varying severity.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54504785

  2. A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas and Krutika Pathi unpack how it works.

    The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr. Scientists estimate that the kit – called Feluda – would return results in under an hour and cost 500 rupees (about $6.75; £5.25).

    Feluda will be made by a leading Indian conglomerate, Tata, and could be the world’s first paper-based Covid-19 test available in the market.

    “This is a simple, precise, reliable, scalable and frugal test,” Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to the Indian government, told the BBC.

    Researchers at the Delhi-based CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), where Feluda was developed, as well as private labs, tried out the test on samples from about 2,000 patients, including ones who had already tested positive for the coronavirus.

    They found that the new test had 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity. The accuracy of a test is based on these two proportions. A test that’s highly sensitive will detect almost everyone who has the disease; and a test that has high-specificity will correctly rule out almost everyone who doesn’t have the disease.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54338864

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