Rapid antibody testing Current Affairs - 2020

Israel isolates key antibody of COVID-19

The Israel Institute of Biological Research has isolated the key COVID-19 antibody. The “monoclonal neutralizing antibody” developed by the institute is reported to neutralize COVID-19 virus inside the infected person. Highlights The scientists believe that the antibody can possibly be the antidote that can be used in the treatment of COVID-19. The antibody is called Read More…

eCovSens developed by National Institute of Animal Biotechnology

The scientists in National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Hyderabad have developed a biosensor called the eCovSens. The sensor is used to detect COVID-19 virus in saliva samples. Highlights The researchers from NIAB have developed non-invasive bio-sensor testing device called eCovSens to detect COVID-19. The lens can help detect COVID-19 virus within 10 to 30 Read More…

ICMR to States: “Stop Using Rapid Test Kits for 2 days”

On April 21, the Indian Council of Medical Research directed the states to stop using rapid test kits for 2 days. The order comes after several states started complaining about faulty kits. Highlights The GoI had received around 3 lakh COVID-19 rapid testing kits from China. The plan is to import around 6,50,000 kits from Read More…

GoI: Rapid Antibody Tests to be used strictly for surveillance

On April 16, 2020, the Government of India announced that the Rapid Antibody tests will strictly be used as surveillance test. Highlights With 5 lakh rapid antibody kits being imported from China, the government has ensured its citizens that they will only be used for surveillance purposes. This will help in formulating protocols for testing. Read More…

India to receive 6,50,000 COVID-19 testing kits from China

The first lot of 3 lakh COVID-19 testing kits are to arrive from China on April 16, 2020. In another 2 weeks India will receive 2 to 3 million kits from China. India is buying 100,000 RNA extraction kits and 5,50,000 antibody testing kits from China. Highlights India has diversified its imports of COVID-19 testing Read More…