Covid-19: The latest global test will offer results ‘in minutes’
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a test to diagnose Covid- 19 in minutes would greatly increase the potential to identify cases in low- and middle-income countries.
Geneva – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that a minute test that can diagnose Covid-19 would greatly increase the potential of case identification in low and middle-income countries.
The $5 test could turn Covid-19 monitoring in the less wealthy, health workers, and laboratories in short supply, the BBC reports on Monday.
A deal with manufacturers will provide 120 million tests over six months.
It was a big achievement called the head of the WHO.
Many countries have hindered their efforts to monitor the spread of coronavirus by long delays between taking a test and having a result.
Experts also said that low test rates mask their outbreaks in some countries with high rates of infection such as India and Mexico.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Monday that the “new and compact tests will be easy to use.” “The results will be 15-30 minutes instead of hours or days.
Tedros clarified that drug manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor have agreed to perform 120 million tests together with the charitable Bill and Gates Foundation.
The agreement involves 133 nations, many of which are the most seriously impacted by the pandemic today in Latin American countries in terms of fatality and infection.
“This is an important increase in their testability and particularly in high-transmission areas,” added Tedros.
“This would allow the expansion of testing, particularly in difficult-to-reach areas where laboratory facilities and health workers are not adequately qualified for testing,” he says.