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25th August 2020  Product update: various sources as indicated

Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing - Kits, Products, Services, Instrumentation - 25 Aug 2020


This week: US FDA EUA for SalivaDirect COVID-19 testing protocol, a new workflow for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in food processing environments, UK government report on lateral flow tests, WHO look to improve evaluation process and a MALDI-TOF COVID-19 test! 

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Yale and NBA Team-up for COVID-19 Game Changer

Yale and NBA Team-up for COVID-19 Game Changer

Yale University has been granted EUA from the US FDA for its SalivaDirect COVID-19 testing protocol. The method is seen as a game-changer by many, as it avoids the use of reagents prone to global shortages and is a non-invasive technique, requiring only a saliva specimen. 
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Rapidly Detect SARS-CoV-2 From Food Packaging and the Environment

Rapidly Detect SARS-CoV-2 From Food Packaging and the Environment

Thermo Fisher’s new workflow, for detection of SARS-CoV-2 from food packaging and food production environments, aims to decrease the potential for contamination of the food supply and subsequent infection of handlers and consumers.
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UK Completes Assessment of COVID-19 Lateral-Flow IgG Kits

UK Completes Assessment of COVID-19 Lateral-Flow IgG Kits

The UK Government has published a peer-reviewed study on lateral-flow immunoassay (LFIA) COVID-19 kits that detect IgG only. LFIA were shown to have inferior sensitivity to ELISA but had high specificity, and were shown to be used competently by general public. 
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RT-PCR & MALDI-TOF COVID-19 Assay Receives FDA Authorization

RT-PCR & MALDI-TOF COVID-19 Assay Receives FDA Authorization

Ethos Laboratories SARS-CoV-2 MALDI-TOF Assay has received FDA-EUA. The test utilizes both RT-PCR and ionization technology for the qualitative detection of viral RNA from a swab sample. The test is also authorized to take samples from Ethos At-home-Collection-kit. 
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WHO Look to Improve COVID-19 Test Evaluation

WHO Look to Improve COVID-19 Test Evaluation

The World Health Organization has drafted new criteria on high volume and near-patient antibody and viral detection COVID-19 assays. The purpose of which is to improve its assessment of test kits on a case-by-case basis. Deadline for comments is 19 August. 
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Competition Launched to Design Rapid COVID-19 Test 

Competition Launched to Design Rapid COVID-19 Test 

­XPRIZE in collaboration with OpenCovidScreen has launched $5 million XPRIZE Rapid COVID testing competition to accelerate the development of high-quality COVID-19 testing that is low cost, easy to use, and fast-turnaround, enabling frequent testing.   
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Controlling COVID-19 in Food Processing Takes Centre Stage at Campden BRI's Online Conference

Controlling COVID-19 in Food Processing Takes Centre Stage at Campden BRI's Online Conference

This 3-day online conference will help the food industry understand how to safeguard their factory and workforce from SARS-CoV-2 as well as thought-provoking presentations on the usual ‘suspects’, including Campylobacter and Listeria.
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Date Published: 25th August 2020

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