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Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 5 Jan 2021


New CE-Marked ELISA Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 

New CE-Marked ELISA Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 

EUROIMMUN's new ELISA Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 has received CE-marking. It has been validated for swab sample material from the upper respiratory tract and demonstrated superior diagnostic accuracy. 
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WESAIL COVID-19 Ag & Ab Tests Now Added to Lists of Approved Kits

WESAIL COVID-19 Ag & Ab Tests Now Added to Lists of Approved Kits

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody Test Kits from WESAIL have now been added to the list of approved kits by Ministero della Salute (the Health Department, Italy),  Paul-Ehrlich-Institut and the European Commission.
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Winter Multiplex Panel Detects SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B and RSV

Winter Multiplex Panel Detects SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B and RSV

Differentiate multiple respiratory viruses (SARS-CoV-2, Flu A and B, RSV) in one test without additional workload or costs. Saliva sampling option convenient for patients, do not require extraction and enable a faster, resource-effective workflow, while also achieving high PCR sensitivity.
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New PCR Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19 and Flu

New PCR Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19 and Flu

EUROIMMUN has announced its new EURORealTime PCR test, which can differentiate between COVID-19 and Flu is now available in countries accepting the CE-mark. This single multiparametric assay can save time & resources in the lab. 
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Beckman Coulter Ramps Up Capacity for CE-IVD COVID-19 Antibody Test

Beckman Coulter Ramps Up Capacity for CE-IVD COVID-19 Antibody Test

Beckman Coulter has received CE-marking for its Access SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay. The serology test detects IgG antibodies targeting the receptor-binding domain of the spike protein and has confirmed 100% sensitivity and 99.8% specificity. Beckman Coulter can now manufacture 30 million tests per month. 
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Three Surface Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Receive AOAC Validation

Three Surface Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Receive AOAC Validation

bioMérieux's VERIPRO SARS-CoV-2 assay, the PathogenDx EnviroX-Rv assay and the COVID-19 Indoor Test™ by Phylagen are the first three surface tests to receive AOAC Certificate of Validation under its Emergency Response Validation process. 
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RT-qPCR Assay Optimised for Multiplexed SARS-CoV-2 Testing

RT-qPCR Assay Optimised for Multiplexed SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Multiplex assays, ideal for SARS-CoV-2 and winter virus testing, have the potential to save considerable time, effort and reagent use (but are more complex to optimise). Therefore, in a new app note, PCR Biosystems has done the hard work for you.
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Large US Rapid Test Manufacturer Streamlines Testing Workflow With Reputable Lab

Large US Rapid Test Manufacturer Streamlines Testing Workflow With Reputable Lab

The Innova Medical Group (IMG) has purchased BIOLAB; a California-based CLIA-certified Biosafety Level 2 laboratory. This will allow IMG to streamline testing workflows with accurate and affordable processing.
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New Room Temperature-Stable Viral Transport Medium 

New Room Temperature-Stable Viral Transport Medium 

Teknova's new Active Viral Transport (ATM) maintains viral (SARS-CoV-2) stability at room temperature for up to 72 hours and can also be stored at room temperature before use and has been tested for USP quality control standards. 
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Co-Diagnostics Designs Test to Detect New Coronavirus Strain Mutations

Co-Diagnostics Designs Test to Detect New Coronavirus Strain Mutations

Principal design work is now completed for a PCR test that would allow researchers to identify certain mutations in a newly detected variant of SARS-CoV-2 known as VUI 202012/01.
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Leading Rapid Malaria Test Kit Manufacturer Has SARS-CoV-2 Test FDA-Authorized

Leading Rapid Malaria Test Kit Manufacturer Has SARS-CoV-2 Test FDA-Authorized

AccessBio's rapid lateral-flow antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 is now available in the US after receiving FDA authorization. Results are shown clearly on the test due to the NanoAct™ colored cellulose nanobeads embedded in the test strip. 
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EC Issues Rapid Antigen Test Guidelines

EC Issues Rapid Antigen Test Guidelines

The European Commission (EC) has put forward rules to ensure the uniform use, validation and recognition of rapid antigen tests in the EU and signed a contract with Abbott and Roche to provide 20 million rapid antigen test kits to member states
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New Synthetic RNA Control for UK Variant Strain of SARS-CoV-2

New Synthetic RNA Control for UK Variant Strain of SARS-CoV-2

Mutations in the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 have made some S-gene PCR tests invalid. Twist Bioscience is now offering an RNA control for labs to check the validity of their RT-PCR tests. This new control adds to Twist Bioscience's range of SARS-CoV-2 reagents. 
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