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Taiwan develops 10 minute COVID-19 antibody test kit

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020. 10:20 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Focus Taiwan reported on May 7, 2020, that Taiwan has developed a rapid antibody test kit for COVID-19.

The rapid test kit can deliver results in only 10 minutes. The test kit has passed clinical trials and is now ready for mass production.

The rapid test kit was developed by a local biomedical company in Taiwan.

“The rapid test kit for the detection of antibodies of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been validated by a comprehensive clinical study conducted by National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH). The test boasts 100 percent sensitivity and 95 percent specificity, said Cooky Chen (陳作範), chairman of Excelsior Bio-System, Inc., at an event for the presentation of the results,” the report noted.

The testing uses a method similar to pregnancy test, using 2 red lines to indicate results.

Two lines indicate that the test is positive for 2 COVID-19 antibodies meaning that the people have COVID-19, according to the information from the project manager and the National Taiwan University Hospital.

The kit was successful in detecting antibodies in 13 COVID-19 patients confirming that the test has a sensitivity of 100 percent.

The head of the company’s testing kit development said that the kit can be used for rapid screening of carriers of the virus who may be either symptomatic or asymptomatic.

According to the report, the Ministry of Health in Taiwan received the kit for approval and is ready for mass production.

The company reportedly plans to produce 400,000 tests per month.


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