Yarrawonga Chronicle

COVID immunity test

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A new finger prick test that can quickly assess a person’s immunity to COVID-19 and whether they need a coronaviru­s booster shot is being developed with funding support from the Victorian Government.

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 will also be able to predict a person’s immunity to new and emerging variants of COVID-19 and it can be used at scale for large groups.

The test could be used to determine whether a person may need a booster shot by analysing their current level of immunity to the virus. The test doesn’t check for current infection.

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.

Funded through a $500,000 grant as part of the Government’s $31 million investment into coronaviru­s research, world-leading experts from the Burnet Institute and Doherty Institute developed the test inside 12 months.

While the test is still at the prototype stage, the Burnet Institute and Doherty Institute are in commercial discussion­s to progress the COVID-19 NAb-Test so it can be used to benefit Victorians as soon as possible.

For more informatio­n on the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Research Fund, visit djpr.vic.gov.au/ priority-industries-sectors/medicalres­earch.

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A new finger prick test is being developed to help determine if you need coronaviru­s booster shot.

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