French consortium launches production for saliva-based Covid screening test
May 25 2020 09:01 AM
The director of the Sys2Diag laboratory, Franck Molina, who is developing with the CNRS and the Skil
Franck Molina the director of the Sys2Diag laboratory, which is developing the EasyCov saliva test with CNRS and SkillCell company on April 30, 2020 in Montpellier, France. AFP


A French consortium announced on Monday the launch of the production phase for a saliva-based screening test to detect the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The consortium said the test would be performed by a healthcare professional and involves collecting less than 1 millilitre of saliva from a patient. The sample is then deposited in two tubes heated to 65C, and a subsequent reading screens the tested patients for the presence of the virus.
The consortium - comprised of French companies Vogo , SKILLCELL and the CNRS SYS2DIAG laboratory - hoped its 'EasyCov' product would enter the French market from mid-June onwards.

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