Russia developed a 40-minute coronavirus test

Russia has developed a new express test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which gives the result within 40 minutes. This was announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Monday, April 6. The developer, a group of companies “Medical and Biological Union,” has already registered the test with Roszdravnadzor.

“This is the first domestic express-test, which allows using standard equipment with an accuracy of more than 94% to determine the presence of coronavirus within 40 minutes, including sample preparation.

The virus RNA is detected by loop isothermal amplification as a technological platform.

The use of this development will increase laboratory productivity by several times, as well as the probability of infection detection due to its high sensitivity.

The created rapid test is an example of mobilizing scientific and production resources for the tasks of national importance, said First Deputy Minister Sergei Tsyb.

“Implementation of the best standards of laboratory diagnostics, synergy of departments and teams helps to implement projects in the conditions of a pandemic and provides unprecedented evolution of technical characteristics of coronavirus diagnostics developments – from simple to the most advanced,” he stressed.