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September 30, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Health Canada authorises Guide Sensmart’s fever warning system – UNICEF takes delivery of Covid-19 test kits

By Chloe Kent

Health Canada has added the Guide IR236 IR Fever Warning System, which is manufactured by Guide Sensmart, to the list of medical devices authorised for Covid-19 use. The automated infrared thermal imaging system provides smart, quick and accurate temperature screening. It is hoped it can help identify people who may have a fever, to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

Swift Biosciences has announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of BillionToOne‘s RNA extraction-free Covid-19 Test Kit. The kit, which has recieved Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is identifies the Covid-19 virus in specimens from nasal swabs, nasopharyngeal swabs, or oropharyngeal swabs.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has taken the delivery of 115,800 Covid-19 test kits to aid in the mitigation of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria. IHS Towers’ Nigerian subsidiary, IHS Nigeria funded the supplies.

BioGX BV has launched a CE-IVD marked test for detection of the Covid-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as Influenza A, Influenza B and respiratory syncytial virus RNA. The test will be carried out using the BD MAX System. It is provided in the BioGX’s Sample-Ready™ format, with the reagents that are needed for the for real-time PCR lyophilised in one tube.

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