Kyabram Free Press

Finger-prick test developed

- By Darren Linton

A new finger-prick test is being developed to measure immunity to COVID-19 and indicate the need for a booster shot.

In less than 20 minutes, the COVID-19 Nab-test shows the level of immunity present in individual­s by accurately measuring the level of neutralisi­ng antibodies to COVID-19.

The new technology, being developed by the Burnet Institute and Doherty Institute with funding from the Victorian Government, will also be able to predict a person’s immunity to new and emerging variants of COVID-19.

Neutralisi­ng antibodies are a key measure of immunity to COVID-19 and are part of the body’s natural immune response that is triggered by either prior infection or vaccinatio­n against the virus. The test has taken less than 12 months to get to the prototype stage.

“This work is testament to the world-class research skills and expertise we have in Victoria and will give us better understand­ing of the coronaviru­s and help in our fight against it,” Medical Research and Digital Economy Minister Jaala Pulford said.

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