WHO, partners conduct faster CoVID-19 tests for poorer countries

The World Health Organization announced Monday that it and key partners have worked with low- and middle-income countries to form the basis for testing differences with richer and richer countries. Million has agreed to a plan to conduct rapid diagnostic tests - although it has not yet’ been fully funded.

WHO, partners conduct faster CoVID-19 tests for poorer countries


At $ 5, the antigen-based rapid diagnostic test, for which the WHO released an emergency use listing last week, requires an initial 600 600 million in the program and early next month. To provide better access to areas that are difficult to reach. With PCR, test which is often used’ in many rich countries.

Faster tests look for antigens, or proteins found on the surface of the virus. They are generally considered’ less accurate - albeit much faster - than advanced genetic tests, known as PCR tests. These tests require processing with special lab equipment and chemicals. It usually takes several days for the results to reach the patients.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the program "good news" in the fight against cowardice.

"These tests provide reliable results in at least 15 or 30 minutes on the lowest equipment at the lowest cost, rather than hours or days," he said. "This will enable the expansion of testing, especially in remote areas where there are no lab facilities or not enough trained health workers to perform PCR tests."

"We have a contract, we have seed funding and now we need full money to buy these tests," he said without elaborating.

Dr. Catharina Boehme, chief executive of the non-profit group Foundation for Modern New Assessment said the rollout would take place in 20 African countries and would rely on the support of groups, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative. He said that SD Biosensor and Abbott will provide diagnostic tests.

Peter Sands, executive director of the World Fund, a partnership working to eradicate epidemics, said it would provide an initial 50 million for its COVID-19 response mechanism. He said the deployment of standard antigen rapid diagnostic tests would be an "important step" in helping to control and combat the coronavirus.

"These are not silver tablets, but they are extremely valuable as an addition to PCR tests, although they are less accurate, but they are much faster, cheaper and do not require a lab," he said.

Many rich countries have also had difficulty verifying, and this is not a cure in itself. Countries like France and the United States have all experienced backlash and hiccups at times, and tests in Britain and Spain have quickly turned out to be wrong.

But testing in poorer countries aim to help healthcare workers better grasp the spread of the virus.

High-income countries are currently taking 292 tests a day for every 100,000 people - Sands said - while 14 of every 100,000 people in the lowest-income countries are being’ tested.

He said the 120 million tests would represent a "massive increase" in testing, but that there was part of the need in those countries.


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