CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan scientists develop rapid test for potential severe COVID-19 cases

Focus Taiwan
Date: 06/30/2020
By: Kuo Hsun-wen and Evelyn Kao

Cheng Chao-min (鄭兆珉), a professor at the university’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwanese researchers have developed a test kit that can detect potentially severe cases of COVID-19 in just two minutes, and it is now in the clinical trial phase, the research team leader said Tuesday.

The prototype of the rapid test kit was developed by National Tsing Hua University and Tri-Service General Hospital, Cheng Chao-min (鄭兆珉), a professor at the university's Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said during a presentation of the research project.

The research team is working with Italian hospitals and medical institutions to carry out clinical trials of the test, Cheng said.

The team has also filed an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization (EUA) of the test kit, based on the results of the clinical trials, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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