A Made in India COVID-19 self-test kit for Rs 250
Labs across the country are struggling to deliver tests and test results on time, further impacting India's efforts to fight COVID-19.
To enable people to self-test and slow down the spread, Pune-based molecular diagnostics startup Mylab Discovery Solutions commercially launched its COVID-19 self-test kit, CoviSelfTM. The self-use rapid antigen COVID-19 test, priced at Rs 250, will be available over-the-counter at pharmacies and drugstores across India, as well as on Flipkart.
"We aim to make CoviSelf available across the length and breadth of the country, especially for the people residing in rural areas who have limited options for testing,” said Hasmukh Rawal, Managing Director of Mylab Discovery Solutions.
Mylab plans to make these test kits available on the government e-marketplace as well. Based on consumer demand, the startup plans to make seven million units available per week.
Earlier this year, Mylabs also introduced mobile testing labs across the country to address the increasing demand for coronavirus testing.
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- Reliance Industries' R&D arm has submitted a proposal for the application of Niclosamide as a potential drug against COVID-19. Niclosamide, which is on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, has been used to treat tapeworm infestation around the world for more than 50 years.
- WhatsApp said its recent policy update does not change the privacy of people's personal messages, and it has already written to the government seeking to assure them that the privacy of users remains its highest priority.
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- The Serum Institute of India has applied to the Drug Controller General of India, seeking permission to manufacture the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for examination, test, and analysis at its licensed Hadapsar facility in Pune.
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“This is the biggest crisis our country has ever faced. With CoviSelf, we are sharing the power of testing early with the citizens. It will save thousands of lives.”