Health Canada has authorised Seegene’s Allplex SARS CoV-2 FluA/FluB/RSV Assay under its Interim Order.

The new multiplex real-time PCR assay is designed to identify the N, S and RdRP genes, which are used to detect SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in a single test.

It enables the differentiation and amplification of respiratory symptoms simultaneously.

The Allplex SARS-CoV-2/Flu A/Flu B/RSV Assay can be run on the company’s integrated all-in-one automated platform, which enables high-throughput testing.

On 13 January, the company delivered 340,000 Covid-19 test kits to Canada to support the increasing demand for kits in the country.

Seegene chief sales and marketing officer Ho Yi said: “Demand for Covid-19 tests is skyrocketing due to the resurgence of confirmed cases.

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“We are fully prepared to supply enough test kits globally and will continue to be strong global partners in the effort to manage the spread of Covid-19.”

The company also stated that the latest approval will allow it to increase awareness of its product in countries close to Canada, such as those in Latin America.

In a separate development, Seegene has delivered more than five million Covid-19 test kits to Israel to support detection of the Omicron variant and reduce its spread.

Last December, the company delivered nearly 1.7 million Covid-19 test kits along with associated consumables. An additional 3.4 million tests are planned to be delivered this month.

Seegene will send various products to Israel, including its Allplex SARS CoV-2 FluA/FluB/RSV Assay and Allplex SARS-CoV-2 Master Assay.

Last month, the company confirmed that its Allplex SARS-CoV-2 Master Assay has the ability to detect the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.