Cipla launches Covi-G — a new rapid antibody detection test for COVID-19 which will give you results in less than 10 minutes

Cipla launches Covi-G — a new rapid antibody detection test for COVID-19 which will give you results in less than 10 minutes
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  • The company has signed a deal with the manufacturer of the kit – Belgium-based Multi G and will be responsible for distributing the kits.
  • Cipla will distribute the kits across over 25 markets in Asia, Middle-East and North Africa, Latin America, EU, and Australia.
  • The antibody test will also be able to detect whether a person had a suspected asymptomatic or mild infection in the past.
Pharmaceutical giant Cipla has launched a rapid antibody detection test for COVID-19, which will give results within ten minutes. The test kit will be sold under the brand name Covi-G.

The company has signed a deal with the manufacturer of the kit – Belgium-based Multi G and will be responsible for distributing the kits.

Cipla will distribute the kits across over 25 markets in Asia, Middle-East and North Africa, Latin America, EU, and Australia.

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“It tests for both IgM and IgG antibodies, using a single-prick blood test using the test result indicator visual interpretation,” said the company.

The antibody test will also detect whether a person had a suspected asymptomatic or mild infection in the past, which will subsequently result in a higher number of eligible plasma donors.

Cipla had earlier launched the ELIFAST diagnostic kits in partnership with KARWA.

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While the company is awaiting approval by ICH country regulators, Cipla said that Covi-G has already been commercialised in over 20 countries and its sensitivity and specificity exceeds 92%. This is important as in the past, the accuracy of rapid test kits for COVID-19 has often been questioned and has quite often required a second lab test for confirmation.

What is an antibody test?

An antibody test checks for the presence of antibodies in a person. When your body fights COVID-19, it builds antibodies against the virus. This test would determine whether the body has built immunity against the virus or whether a person was infected in the past.


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