The test was validated at two sites in Mumbai and has been found to have high sensitivity and specificity. In addition, the test will have the advantage of testing 90 samples together in a single run of two-and-a-half hours.
Moreover, Elisa-based testing is easily possible even at the district level. After development at ICMR-NIV technology has been commercialised by Zydus Cadila for mass-scale production.
The test kits then manufactured at Zydus Cadila were validated by NIV and were found to have high sensitivity and specificity. The test named as Covid Kavach Elisa was manufactured in just four days of receiving all necessary materials from ICMR-NIV.
"This reaffirms our commitment to do everything that we can to help the nation fight this healthcare
challenge," said Chairman Pankaj R Patel.
"We believe that the need of the hour is to be prepared in every way that we can with the latest diagnostic technologies and that is why we are providing the initial supplies at no costs.
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