Virology: Manesar based Korean company develops cheap Covid-19 test kit

Chandigarh: In view of the need of the hour for fast detection of the pandemic COVID-19 positive cases, SD Biosensor, a South Korea based company situated in IMT Manesar, Gurugram, has developed a rapid test kit priced at Rs 380 per kit, which is Rs 400 cheaper than the rapid test kit imported from China. This kit will benefit Haryana as well as other states.

Due to the efforts made by the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal the approval for the production of rapid test kit has been granted in a short period of 15 days, which usually takes more than five months as it needs validation from institutions like National Institute of Virology, Pune following which it is sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research and then to the Drug Controller General for an approval for production. Today the company has handed over the first lot of 25,000 kits to the Haryana Government.

M/s SD Biosensor aims to produce around 10 million rapid test kits in a month and is now ramping up their production to manufacture approximately 1 to 1.5 million rapid test kits in the next few days, to cater to the huge demand for rapid testing kits due to the intensity of the situation.

Starting the production of this kit by the company will prove to be a major boon to the medical fraternity and for the general public in this hour of need. The role of the State Government and its officers in this effort is praiseworthy. This effort will not only boost the State Government’s commitment to fight COVID-19 but it will also enhance the Government’s ability to control the pandemic.

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