Byline By- Balkrishna
CoviSelf, the first self-testing home pack for Covid testing, will be accessible in the market before the following week’s over, said the head of Pune’s MyLab Discovery Solutions, Sujjet Jain, this is the primary home pack to have the approval of the Indian Council of Medical Research for home testing in the country.
The maker targets arriving at 90% of the pin codes in India, while the unit will also be accessible for online buy. “It will be available by end of next week in more than 7 lakh pharmacies & our online pharmacy partners across India,” Jain said.
The kit is priced at ₹250, including taxes and will accompany an manual on how to conduct the test at home, without the assistance of any clinical specialist. Since it is a Rapid Antigen Test, it will just require nasal swab. While the DIY test will require two minutes, the outcome will go inside 15 minutes. A positive result, however, may come sooner than that. Any result coming after 20 minutes will be considered invalid, the manufacturer’s video manual said.
The idea of self-testing isn’t new as a few nations have effectively permitted such units for home use for early discovery. As India has been engaging with the second rush of the pandemic since March-April, the testing offices have likewise become overburdened bringing longer wait for results.
While the ICMR has already notified that people with Covid symptoms can be considered as Covid suspects and be subjected to treatment without waiting for the results, this home testing kit will help in quick detections.
Apprehending indiscriminate use, the ICMR has made it clear that not everyone should opt for this test. Only those with symptoms and those who have come in contact with positive cases are advised to take this home testing.
Mylab’s current production capacity is 70 lakh tests per week and, within 14 days, the firm plans to increase the capacity to one crore test kits per week.