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Covid-19 spread: Makers of RT-PCR kits boost production as rapid tests fail

With imports getting stringent, indigenous players like MyLab and CoSara Diagnostics are seeing a rise in enquiries from state and Central govts and private laboratories alike

Civil defence officials wear protective suits to help a man who was lying on the roadside near Hebbal flyover during a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, in Bengaluru. Photo: PTI
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It takes around 28-days supply chain planning to start manufacturing the RT-PCR kits with all the raw materials in stock

Sohini DasVinay Umarji Mumbai/New Delhi
With India deciding to hold Covid-19 testing using the rapid antibody test kits after quality and pricing issues surfaced, the molecular testing method, known as RT-PCR, is in focus. Indigenous real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kit manufacturers have gone full throttle to expand production.
 
The Centre had recently asked states to stop using antibody test kits supplied by at least two Chinese firms. So demand for RT-PCR test kits is set tor rise. And, with imports getting more stringent, indigenous players like MyLab and CoSara Diagnostics are witnessing a rise in enquiries from states, Central government and

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First Published: Apr 29 2020 | 7:37 PM IST

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