Argentinian scientists develop faster and cheaper COVID-19 test
UPDATED 11:15 AM PT — Saturday, May 16, 2020
Argentina recently announced its recent development of a new testing method for the coronavirus, which produced faster results than ever before. On Friday, government officials described their success with the new rapid test named “the NEOKIT-COVID-19.”
Unlike the widely used PCR test, which can take up to seven hours to provide a result, the new testing method can deliver results in less than an hour.
The new test has already been approved by Argentina’s National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices, which is hoping to test citizens as quickly as possible.
“This development was carried out in record time by our scientists, in cooperation with the ministry of health with whom we are working closely. As we’ve been saying, it gives us a way to detect the virus’ genome by a similar method to that of the PCR, but even faster. It doesn’t require thermal cyclers or complicated equipment, and it greatly simplifies the diagnostic technique for the virus.”
– Roberto Salvarezza, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
The government is expected to produce the first 10,000 tests over the next ten days, which will be used by the public health sector.
Argentina is currently in lockdown and has reported more than 7,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus. According to officials, the spread of the coronavirus is slowing down in the region.