The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given nod to Vishat Diagnostics, a Mumbai-based firm, for supplying Covid-19 rapid testing antigen kit manufactured by Coris BioConcept.
The company plans to launch the testing kit named, ‘COVID-19 Ag Respi-Strip’, at a price of ₹425, Vishat Diagnostics said in a statement.
The kit tests for antibodies in users to determine whether they have had coronavirus infection in the past.
“With Covid-19 Ag Respi-Strip, we are bringing CE certified (allowed to sell in European Economic Area) and ICMR approved kits at affordable prices, which is also our company’s driving force for all other product lines,” Vishat Diagnostics MD Pratik Chaitala was quoted saying by PTI report.
At a time when India is touching its peak in daily numbers of cases, it becomes critical to rapidly increase testing, he added.
COVID-19 Ag Respi-Strip can show results in a span of 15 minutes, the statement said.