Can COVID tests accurately detect the Omicron variant? – .

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Can COVID tests accurately detect the Omicron variant? – .


Several lab testing companies have released statements claiming that their COVID-19 tests can accurately detect the Omicron variant.

Abbott, BD, Thermo Fisher all claim their tests are unaffected by the latest coronavirus mutation.

Abbott, which produces the popular BinaxNOW COVID-19 home antigen self-test, said in a statement: “Although the Omicron variant contains advanced protein mutations, Abbott’s rapid and molecular tests – antigen and advanced gene PCR to detect the virus.

Mark Stevenson, chief operating officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, maker of the TaqPath combination PCR kits, told Reuters that test samples should always be sent to a lab for sequencing to confirm that the variant was caused by Omicron and not by another such as the Delta variant. .

“This test can be used not only to successfully detect COVID-19, but… it can also be used as a proxy for the (Omicron) variant,” Stevenson said.

Dave Hickey, president of Life Sciences for BD, which produces the Veritor digital home test kit, said in a statement, “BD conducted an analysis of the recently identified Omicron variant, and we are confident that our rapid antigen and Les PCR tests for COVID-19 will detect the new variant. “

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so far supports the claims of these companies, saying that the agency “will continue to operate” and will not be affected by the Omicron variant.

“On a preliminary examination, we believe that the high volume polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antigen (rapid) assays widely used in the United States show a low probability of being impacted and continue to work.” . However, the FDA will continue to closely review and adjust the course as needed, ”the FDA said Tuesday.

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