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The COVID-19 rapid antibody test, developed by Abingdon Health, the medical device manufacturer leading the UK-Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), has received its CE mark. This means it is approved for professional use in the UK and EU.
This milestone means the rapid test, for detection of IgG antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) is now available for distribution for professional use. It will be mass produced and tests will be rolled out from the end of August. The test can be administered by healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare workers.
Following production of tens of thousands of tests across multiple production scale batches the test has been shown to be 99.40% accurate. Testing was performed at the Ulster University and at the laboratories of Abingdon Health.
The test will be named the “AbC-19TM Rapid Test”. It uses a small drop of blood from a finger-prick, and shows results in 20 minutes, without the need to send a sample to a lab.
To understand how the test works, Abingdon Health has released a new video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqT2z8jCEHs.
The test can help build a swift and clear picture of how the virus has spread throughout mass populations. It can also help establish the effectiveness of any vaccine which provides protection by creating new antibodies. This information will be critical to managing current and future outbreaks of COVID-19.
The AbC-19 TM Rapid Test has been CE marked for professional use and has been registered with the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) declaring conformity with the essential requirements of the IVD Directive. CE marking indicates health and safety conformity for goods sold in the EU.
To develop and mass produce the volumes needed for the UK population, Abingdon Health set up and led the UK-RTC in April this year. The consortium brings together the UK’s largest rapid test medical manufacturers, working together to provide capacity for delivery of more than a million tests per month........
Vikaroo, I think this is our antibody test ;
Both the COVID-19 nasal swab and the antibody blood test will be conducted on site by medical professionals and take approximately 30 minutes; results will be returned to students within 24 to 48 hours via text or email.”
There's plenty of dildoes on this board, constantly subtlety deramping to buy back in lower. I hope they buy back in much higher on the back of a juicy RNA. There are several, that could land any day.
This is the reason to add more. Antibody testing is the way forward and this is one of those rare opportunities to invest in a company that is part of the solution to get our economy and lives back. Shareholders will be amply rewarded. Ignore the traders and subtle derampers. Buy more and hold. I know I will.
According to the excerpt below, those tests are only 80% accurate. What a waste of time and money for crap tests:
"Sir John Bell, a professor of medicine at Oxford University, who has been advising ministers on tests, said both were just as accurate as the lab swabs currently in use in the UK.
The Government has never disclosed how accurate its current tests are, but studies have indicated they give the correct diagnosis about 80 per cent of the time."
Cheap and easy $1 coronavirus test to undergo trials in Senegal
HEALTH 13 May 2020
By Peter Yeung
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TRIALS to develop a $1 covid-19 testing kit that produces results in less than 10 minutes are under way in Senegal. If it works, the test could be a vital tool in sub-Saharan Africa.
Researchers at DiaTropix, an infectious disease testing facility run by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, are working alongside UK-based company Mologic to manufacture the diagnostic kits.
The prototype is similar to a home pregnancy kit and can be used either to detect current infections through saliva antigens or previous infections by blood antibodies. The institute says it could be rolled out next month if the trials show it works well enough.
Amadou Sall, director of the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, said that 500 to 1000 tests a day could be analysed at the facility and that up to 4 million could be made annually. “There is no need for a highly equipped lab,” he says. “It is a simple test that can be done anywhere.”
Most coronavirus tests use a technique called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, to detect sequences of viral RNA. Each test costs hundreds of dollars and takes several hours to process using sophisticated equipment. The team behind the new pocket-sized test say it would be much cheaper and easier to distribute across sub-Saharan Africa.
“Existing systems are not fit for purpose,” says Joe Fitchett at Mologic. Testing regimes that are decentralised and not required to turn a profit are essential to addressing covid-19 and future pandemics, he says.
“There is no need for a highly equipped lab. This simple test can be done anywhere”
Justine Davies, a global health researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK, says the tests could allow some economic activity to continue in the region while reducing the burden on Africa’s limited health services. “If it is properly validated and found to be reliable, then it could have major positive impacts, allowing contact tracing and limiting the spread of the virus,” she says.
We will be ready to manufacture at the end of the month, 100k a week rising to 200k. Colin has stated his timlines for government agreements, which has to be this month and we move into production.
Only POC home test can truly deliver mass nation wide testing and government know, this. They seem to be keeping a lid on news until everything is in place.
The announcement today of these so called rapid test is like ordering one starter on a menu where the main dish and star is our gold standard antibody test. Government is making a big deal of 90 minutes machine test, that will take months to roll out and is expensive.
Imagine the huge fanfare and media frenzy when they announce our cheap, highly accurate and truly rapid test. I'm convinced, the government have a date in mind and its this month.
The test referred in the times article are expensive machines based swab tests. Defeated not designed for mass testing in the home or workplace.
ODX POC home test is still the way to go forward. The Government is announcing these machine test as they are under pressure pre autumn/winter. In less than a few weeks it will be our tests and the oders will be huge.
What are the tests?
The first is the DNA Nudge test, which can deliver results in little more than an hour and can be handled by someone with no medical training.
Is it less invasive?
Rather than requiring swabs taken from deep in the nose and throat, the test only requires a small swab of the nostril.
What does it test for?
It looks for the genetic material — the RNA — of the virus itself. If the virus is present, a chain reaction creates enough copies of the virus’s RNA to give a positive result.
What is the other test?
The Lampore test uses two devices. The larger one, the size of home printer, can process up to 15,000 samples a day and the other, the size of a stapler, does 96 per hour and can be used to test swabs or saliva and to test surfaces for the virus. They give results in 60 to 90 minutes."
From September, a DNA-based test, supplied by London-based DnaNudge, will be rolled out across NHS hospitals, with 5.8 million tests already on order. It uses nose swabs to test for Covid and is already in use in eight London hospitals. The Government has bought 5,000 of its diagnostic machines. Other rapid-turnaround tests are expected to be ordered from other firms in the coming weeks.
Expect news on ODX/Malogic within weeks IMO.