Posted: 20.01.2022 12:31:00

Russian military developed rapid COVID-19 test

Specialists of the Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops have developed a brand new method to check for coronavirus, faster but equally accurate – as reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Russian Defence Ministry

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“Based on modern methods for the specific indication of pathogens, a set of reagents has been developed to detect SARS-CoV2 RNA by real-time loop isothermal amplification method,” says the release.

The Defence Ministry explained that the set includes a special substance that inactivates the virus in just a minute, enabling to start the testing almost immediately.

“The set ensures the detection of the coronavirus in clinical samples within half an hour from the moment the material is taken, while in terms of its sensitivity and specificity it is equal to other medical devices,” explained the Defence Ministry.

A classic PCR test takes about an hour, and – taking into account sample preparation – two hours. The new test has the same accuracy: at least 95 percent.

The set is called CoviGen-LAMP and is fully compatible with the equipment for conventional PCR tests.

Military medics are already being trained to work with the new tests.