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Singapore approves deep-throat saliva testing for COVID-19

Rida Shaikh

Singapore has recently approved COVID-19 tests by using the alive from deep inside the throat. The island city-state has approved Advanced MedTech Holdings' COVID-19 for testing the saliva from deep within the throat. The company informed that the decision is taken in the view of ramping up the testing in an attempt to reopen it’s borders and resume more economic activities.

This is the first test of its type that has been approved by the Singapore's Health Sciences Authority. Advanced MedTech is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Singapore state investor Temasek.

Testing has become one of the most important and significant things in Singapore as they are looking forward to resuming more economic activities and opening their international borders which have been shut for most of 2020. Singapore is also hosting the World Economic Forum in the upcoming year. Singapore has affirmed that the safety procedures will include on-arrival tests as well as pre-event and periodic antigen testing.

Advanced MedTech said, “Patients will need to draw out saliva from deep within their throat and spit into a specimen bottle for the test. This would make specimen collection much less invasive and more comfortable for patients than the current method of collection through swabs inserted into the back of the nose or throat.”

Group chief executive of Advanced MedTech said, "No patient wants to have a swab poked up their nose or the back of their throat. Having a fast, painless, and accurate COVID-19 test kit...is a game-changer for Singapore as we reopen our borders.”

Some other places that have been using the same procedure for COVID-19 testing are Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The company furthermore ascertained, “The new Singapore tests, which will be used in Changi Airport in 2021, were able to accurately identify all the known positive cases in clinical studies.”

 

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