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December 3, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – Israel’s Nanox launches pilot to streamline diagnosis of Covid pneumonia – Thermo Fisher and Color Health expand Covid-19 testing solution in Texas

By Kezia Parkins

Israeli firm Nanox has launched a pilot programme with Shamir Medical Center in Tzifrin to expedite diagnosis of Covid-19 pneumonia using an advanced-imaging system. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, the Nanox.ARC advanced-imaging system is described as ‘the new digital X-ray technology’ that enables the development of 3-D digital imaging results to support a detailed diagnosis. The device will also enable artificial intelligence (AI) use for remote diagnosis. 

Thermo Fisher Scientific and health technology company Color Health have announced a significant expansion of the K-12 ReadyCheckGo Covid-19 testing solution in Texas. The expansion makes the programme available in all school districts of the US state. The programme was formed in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Currently, 32 districts are working to adopt the ReadyCheckGo testing solution. Several school districts in Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin are also using the solution. 

Infinity BiologiX has confirmed that its rRT-PCR assay, which targets three areas of the viral genome, can detect the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The company used the rRT-PCR test for testing more than nine million samples for Covid-19 since May 2021. Infinity BiologiX is also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 genome from positive samples. The programme is now extended after the emergence of the new variant.

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