The National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) and National Defense Medical Center have successfully extracted an antibody used for testing SARS-CoV-2 infections based on previous research on anti-SARS antibodies.
The NHRI said that the test kit could identify three types of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies grown in three different laboratories. The test kit shows two lines if the test is positive, and one line if the test is negative. The test can be completed within 15 to 20 minutes.
NHRI said that the test kit can identify various types of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and will not have cross-reactions with other respiratory viruses, such as the Influenza A and Influenza B viruses.
The detection sensitivity of the test kit is around 62.5 ng/mL.
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