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23rd February 2021  Content supplied by: various sources as indicated

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 23 Feb 2021


Smartphone App & Antigen Test Kit Detects Low-Viral Loads the Naked Eye Can't

Smartphone App & Antigen Test Kit Detects Low-Viral Loads the Naked Eye Can't

The LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Test and AI algorithm enable fast results and real-time public data reporting. The kit also includes an antigen test reader and smartphone app, which can detect low-viral loads that might not be visible to the naked eye. 
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EU Member States Share Rapid Antigen Test Performance Data

EU Member States Share Rapid Antigen Test Performance Data

The EU Health Security Committee has agreed on a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, a selection of rapid antigen tests for which Member States will mutually recognise their results, and a common standardised set of data to be included in COVID-19 test result certificates.
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Robotic System for Ultra-High Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Robotic System for Ultra-High Throughput SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Ziath and the Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, Netherlands) have developed a pioneering automated test robot, called STRIP-1, which can process up to 20,000 samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing in just 24 hours.
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Study Shows Air Sampler Detects SARS-CoV-2 in Aerosols

Study Shows Air Sampler Detects SARS-CoV-2 in Aerosols

Smiths Detection has reported that its BioFlash® Biological Identifier can detect SARS-CoV-2 in the air following tests conducted by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID).
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Independent Research Lists Top Performing SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen & Antibody Tests

Independent Research Lists Top Performing SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen & Antibody Tests

NSF International and Novateur Ventures have identified 5 direct (antigen/RNA) tests for detection of acute infection and 6 indirect (antibody) tests for detection of prior infection that meet the recently published WHO "desirable" Target Product Profile (TPP) criteria.
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Transport Media Inactivates Virus & Keeps Stable for One year

Transport Media Inactivates Virus & Keeps Stable for One year

RNAssist (Cambridge UK) and Rapid Labs Ltd (Colchester, UK) have launched the virusPHIX™ range of virus inactivating and RNA stabilising transport media, following successful SARS-CoV-2 inactivation testing carried out by Public Health England (PHE).
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Date Published: 23rd February 2021