Bangalore, India : Healthspring, primary healthcare service provider, has received approval from the designated authorities to start antibody testing for Coronavirus . These antibody tests, suited for high risk groups like immuno-compromised patients, individuals in containment zone, health care workers, among others from the essential services group; has the specificity greater than 99.8% and sensitivity is of 100%.
“We are delighted to announce that our clinics will now be conducting the antibody tests post the requisite approvals received from the authorities. These rapid antibody testing kits are of world-class standards. They are already been deployed in countries like UK, Singapore, etc. This is a revolutionary step taken by the authorities as the results, along with other information, will help the health care provider make an informed recommendation about patient care. This lab-based testing process is being conducted only through NABL certified labs like Healthspring. It will be beneficial to those individuals who have been exposed to the virus or if they live in or have recently traveled to a place where transmission of COVID-19 is known to occur,” added, Kaushik Sen, Co-founder & CEO, Healthspring
The test is a uniquely designed, high quality serology test for identification of antibodies developed in a person’s body. These antibodies indicate that the individuals may have had COVID-19 in the past and has developed antibodies that protects them from reinfection. The tests will be available at 15 clinics of Healthspring in Mumbai and Pune. Each test will charged at INR 1250*.
The kit has been approved by ICMR for testing seroprevalence studies in India. The test is also CE-IVD certified and has received USFDA emergency use authorization (EUA). There is no cross-reactivity to common cold, HIV and other coronaviruses.