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Feluda check will quickly be rolled out to check Covid 19, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan mentioned on Sunday.

“Based on tests in over 2,000 patients during the trials at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and on testing in private labs, the test showed 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity,” he said.

Developed by CSIR-IGIB, the paper strip test has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for a commercial launch.

The kit has already been validated by the Department of Atomic Energy’s National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore. “While I cannot put an exact date on the availability, we should expect this test within the next few weeks,” he added.

Named after Satyajit Ray’s famed detective, the Feluda check, priced at Rs 500 can ship a end in 45 minutes.

The ‘Feluda’ check strip has been invented by a staff led by two Bengali-origin scientists — Dr Souvik Maiti and Dr Debojyoti Chakraborty — on the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in New Delhi.

It can be utilized in a method much like being pregnant check strips extensively out there over-the-counter.

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