India launches World’s Most Affordable COVID-19 kit “COROSURE”
On July 15, 2020, the Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishnak launched world’s most affordable COVID-19 kit. The kit was developed by IIT Delhi.
The test called “COROSURE” has been billed as the world’s most affordable RT-PCR based COVID-19 diagnostic kit. The base price of the kit is Rs 399.
Around 10 companies have been given licenses to manufacture the kit. The technology of preparing the kit is to be transferred to the companies by IIT Delhi.
About the kit
According to Indian Council of Medical Research, with the kit in place the testing capacity of India is to go up to 20 lakhs per day. Currently India is performing 3 lakh testing per day.
The testing cost of the method is greatly reduced as the kit uses a probe-free method to conduct the test. While the current methods used in India uses probes.
The kit will also help India achieve its Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan as the kit is to be developed indigenously.
Both ICMR and DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) have approved the test kit. ICMR has approved the kit with highest score and DCGI has approved the kit with highest sensitivity and specificity.