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Immunoassay panels to study SARS-CoV-2 antibody response

Bio-Rad Laboratories has announced the launch of the Bio-Plex Pro Human IgA and IgM SARS-CoV-2 panels to detect IgA and IgM antibodies against four SARS-CoV-2 antigens.

Why some individuals have stronger natural defences against SARS-COV-2

A new study has revealed key insights into the natural human antiviral defences against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

State-of-the-art PCR testing laboratory at Liverpool airport

Salutaris People, a British healthcare and testing company, has unveiled a brand new SARS-CoV-2 testing laboratory at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Screening for SARS-CoV-2 faster with AI than lateral-flow tests

Researchers at the University of Oxford are seeking NHSX funding for an artificial intelligence (AI) SARS-CoV-2 screening test.

App to help demystify the effect of SARS-CoV-2 mutations

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has focused everyone’s attention on the hidden world of viruses. The emergence of new variants, such as Beta and Delta, affects everyone: some variants spread more quickly and some are less affected by vaccines. But why?

Setting the pace for monitoring SARS-CoV-2 mutations and variants

Scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have been paying close attention to the behaviour of SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic, and have read the genetic sequence of the virus from every positive sample to identify mutations.

Vaccine-induce immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis: an ELISA

Stago has developed Asserachrom HPIA-IgG, a highly sensitive and specific ELISA for detecting anti-heparin-PF4 IgG antibodies, which has recently found application in the diagnosis of VITT.

Research project to investigate support for Long Covid patients

The University of Lincoln in the UK, alongside five other British universities, will work on potentially ground-breaking research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to understand and tackle Long Covid.

Bottleneck in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine production eliminated

Biotage is one of the few companies offering a complete solution and ready-to-go off-the-shelf products for the purification of large-scale lipids, used in mRNA vaccine development and production.

Catching COVID-19: keeping pace through artificial intelligence

South Korea’s response to the pandemic has been praised, achieving success through rigorous preparation and rapid response, attributed to decisive government action, aggressive track-and-trace policies and almost immediate access to PCR tests.

Real-time PCR kit differentiates Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants

BD and CerTest Biotec have announced the CE mark for a molecular test that can detect and distinguish between the Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351) and Gamma (P.1) SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Capturing viral particles for SARS-CoV-2 detection

Owlstone Medical has announced the publication of a study in Nature Scientific Reports that investigates the performance of filters in face masks for supporting the detection of SARS-CoV-2 as an alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS).

Quantification kit for SARS-CoV-2 testing of wastewater launched

Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched its PREvalence ddPCR SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Quantification Kit, a sensitive, accurate and cost-effective tool used to detect SARS-CoV-2 in a community’s wastewater.

Monitoring dashboards to track COVID-19 samples in Hampshire

PhoenixSoft has developed a series of COVID-19 dashboards for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital.

SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral-flow test detects Delta variant

A study has shown that the Avacta Group AffiDX antigen lateral-flow test detects the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in clinical samples, and outperformed two lateral-flow antigen tests that are commercially available in Europe.

Overly-stringent criteria early in the pandemic missed diagnoses

Research published in the Journal of General Virology has identified missed cases of SARS-CoV-2 by retrospective testing of throat swabs.

Best COVID-19 Responder: an OBN 2020 award

The Native Antigen Company, part of LGC Clinical Diagnostics, has won ‘The Best COVID-19 Responder’ at OBN 2020 Awards, recognising the company’s outstanding contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

Registration of SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral flow test in the EU

Avacta Group has received notice of registration of its AffiDX SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral-flow test in the EU, allowing the company to place the product on the market in all 27 countries of the EU for professional use.

SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self Test Nasal receives CE mark

Roche has received CE marking for its SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self Test Nasal for at-home testing. The test will be available in countries accepting the CE mark through pharmacies and other locations, in packs of five tests.

Registration of SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral-flow test confirmed

Avacta Group has announced that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed registration of the AffiDX SARS-CoV-2 antigen lateral-flow test, so it can place the product on the market in the UK for professional use.

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