By: Yeh Su-ping, Ku Chuan and Chiang Yi-ching
Taipei, April 13 (CNA) A rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 developed by Taiwan's Industrial Technology3Research Institute (ITRI) is scheduled to go into production in July, a Taiwanese official said Monday.
The ITRI has developed a prototype for the testing device, which can produce results in under an hour at a 90-percent accuracy rate, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Lin Chuan-neng (林全能) said at a press conference.
The nucleic acid test is designed to screen patients who are in the incubation period, meaning those who have contracted the disease but have not yet displayed symptoms, Lin said.
Weighing about 600 grams, the device is likely the smallest rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 that is under development, according to the official. [FULL STORY]