17 MAY 2021
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British Airways is the first airline in the world to conduct a trial of an ultra-rapid Covid-19 antigen test that displays results within 25sec.
Highly intelligent saliva test can detect symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2, including variants.
The trial will initially be conducted by inviting flight and cabin crew members to take the test, with the airline comparing the results against their standard test results. The cloud-based digital test, using nano-technology, has CE Mark and UK MHRA approval and is currently also going through US FDA approval.
The test is a non-invasive saliva ultra-rapid digital antigen test that delivers 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2. Users simply take a sample of their saliva into a disposable sensor unit, shake and insert it into a re-usable digital reader which is connected to a Bluetooth-enabled device like a smartphone, and then wait for the results that appear through a mobile app. The test which probes for both the S and N SARS-Cov-2 protein is optimized to detect variants that have originated across the globe.
Also see Heathrow and British Airways in this week's BTN.
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