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Coronavirus company news summary – Kroger Health and Gauss partner for smartphone-enabled Covid-19 rapid antigen home tests – XPhyto completes European CE-IVD application for Covid-19 RT-PCR test

17 Feb 2021 (Last Updated February 17th, 2021 10:06)

Kroger Health has announced a collaboration with Gauss, to offer the latter’s smartphone-enabled Covid-19 at-home rapid antigen test kit to patients across the US. The move expands the company’s existing portfolio of employer-focused and in-clinic Covid-19 testing solutions.

XPhyto Therapeutics, a bioscience accelerator, and its exclusive German diagnostics development partner, 3a-diagnostics, have completed all the procedures required for a European regulatory application for the Covid-ID Lab test system. 3a expects to receive device manufacturing and CE-IVD approvals by late February and early March, respectively.

Avricore Health has signed a Letter of Intent with Avrok Laboratories, a CLIA certified laboratory in California, to offer real-time Covid-19 screening to travellers in Canada, USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The move was initiated by significant interest expressed by consumers, airlines, and the government alike, who felt the need for a reliable programme to test travellers and resume international travel. LifeLabs and 

LifeLabs and Multiplex Genomics have announced a strategic partnership to expand testing capacity and Covid-19 variants in Canada. The companies are estimating that together they will be able to evaluate 20,000 Covid-19 samples every day, with plans to achieve testing 50,000 samples per day by mid-2021. In addition, every positive sample is expected to be sequenced and characterised to assign it to a variant.