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Test for coronavirus strains developed in Turkey

Source : 112 Ukraine

In three hours, it can be determined whether a sample was taken from a patient infected with a South African, Brazilian, British strain or the original variant
20:42, 4 May 2021

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In Turkey, scientists from Izmir university have developed a test that detects Covid-19 strains in three hours. This is reported by the Milliyet.

In three hours, it can be determined whether the patient is infected with a South African, Brazilian, British strain, or the original variant.

"Evaluation of the results of the PCR test makes it clear: whether the sample taken from the patient is a South African, Brazilian, British strain or a maternal variant," said Osman Doluca, associate professor at Izmir University of Economics, deputy head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

It is reported that the coronavirus gene sequences were analyzed using a diagnostic kit based on special software.

The result can be obtained in three hours.

2,472 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Ukraine over the past day.

Related: Vaccination in Ukraine: No inoculations given in ten regions on Monday

An international effort, known as the Covax scheme will need a further $ 35-45 billion over the course of next year to ensure most adults are immunised, according to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

According to him, the global situation with the distribution of vaccines is still extremely uneven. More than 49 million vaccine doses have been delivered through Covax so far.

Covax now also needs about 20 million extra doses by the end of June to make up a shortfall on deliveries caused by the spiralling health crisis in India.

Dr Tedros said in April that only 0.3% of the vaccines administered around the world so far had gone to people in low-income countries.

Related: US to authorize vaccination of kids with Pfizer

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