Mercury (Hobart)

Finger on new test


A FINGER prick test that does not detect a Covid-19 infection but rather a person’s immunity to the virus is under developmen­t.

Victoria’s Innovation and Medical Research Minister Jaala Pulford claims the rapid Covid-19 NAB-Test could also “predict a person’s immunity to new and emerging variants of Covid-19” and could be used at scale for large groups. The test is at the prototype stage.

Finger prick tests are typically used to measure things like blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.

The NAB-Test will attempt to show the level of immunity present in a person in less than 20 minutes by measuring levels of neutralisi­ng antibodies.

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