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May 7, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – Therma Bright to distribute new rapid Covid-19 antibody test – PerkinElmer to donate one million rapid Covid-19 antigen tests to India

By Chloe Kent

Therma Bright has agreed to distribute its new AcuVid™ Covid-19 rapid antibody test to detect antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The 15 minute rapid antibody test uses blood samples to detect antibodies with 96.6% sensitivity in individuals currently infected or previously infected but undiagnosed Covid-19 patients or vaccinated individuals.

Season Biomaterials, has launched its 4S molecular diagnostic system at the Seoul National University (SNU) campus in South Korea as the first on-site rapid Covid-19 diagnostic centre. The 4S features negative pressure rooms and molecular diagnostics equipment for sample collection and molecular examination of infectious diseases such as Covid-19.

PerkinElmer will donate one million of its PerkinElmer® Covid-19 antigen tests to India to increase the pace of testing across the country amid the surging Covid caseloads. The test kits will be distributed to government hospitals and testing centres across ten states of the country, with the assistance of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). The test is a lateral flow immunoassay capable of delivering results in 15 minutes and is suitable for point-of-care and non-clinical settings.

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