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Ten-minute coronavirus rest moves closer to manufacturing

“Full-scale manufacturing will begin a few weeks before we release it on the market,” Davis said
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UK-based Mologic Ltd. has sent prototypes of a 10-minute coronavirus test to laboratories for validation before it can begin full-scale manufacturing.

The company and its partner, the Senegalese research foundation Institut Pasteur de Dakar, have developed a finger-prick test to determine whether a person had the illness and the state of his or her immune system. The company is also working on a separate saliva test to detect the presence of the virus.

After initial assessment in the UK, the prototypes will be sent to other laboratories for validation in a process that could take three to four months, said Paul Davis, Mologic’s chief scientific officer.

Read More: Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test Could be Game Changer for Africa

“Full-scale manufacturing will begin a few weeks before we release it on the market,” Davis said by phone Wednesday. “We want to make it available to everyone.”

The price of a single test will be less than $1, and it should be produced in the UK and Senegal, which currently have a joint capacity of making 8 million a year.

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Not sure what we’ll do with a 10 minute rest?

We will be wiped out pretty soon …a few months

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