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COVID-19: FG announce development of locally made test kits

The Federal Government has announced the indigenous development and validation of RNA-Swift for COVID-19 in Nigeria.

RNA-Swift is a test kit used for the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the development of the test kit was aimed at speeding up effective testing of Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, talking to reporters in Abuja said; “The RNA-Swift has amazing precision for the detection of SARS-COV-2 and will be commercially available at a price that places it ahead of competitors in terms of sensitivity and affordability.”

“I want to confirm to you that the RNA-Swift product team is in consultation with the African Development Bank for the funding of an African-wide testing programme for COVID-19 and the establishment for RNA-Swift production in Nigeria,” he stated.

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