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The head of Heathrow urges ministers to speed up wider access to the 20-second Covid test


The head of Heathrow urges ministers to expedite access to an airport-proven Covid test that delivers results in just 20 SECONDS. He said this could "save millions of jobs".

  • The iAbra Virolens test is said to deliver coronavirus results in 20 seconds
  • Test had a three week study at Heathrow Airport and is now moving on to clinical trials
  • Could replace the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) oral swab test
  • John Holland-Kaye, head of Heathrow, called on the government to speed up Virolens to help "protect the economy".

Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye is calling on the government to speed up a Covid-19 test that gives results in 20 seconds.

It did so after the Prime Minister announced plans for mass testing as part of what is known as Operation Moonshot, which allowed millions of people to be tested every day to "behave as the pre-Covid world did".

The new Virolens test, which is said to provide results in 20 seconds, was launched on Wednesday after a three-week test at Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye is calling on the government to speed up a Covid-19 test that gives results in 20 seconds

The test, which uses saliva from a swab, was developed by the British start-up iAbra and is about to start clinical studies so that it can be certified for medical use.

The company said the test does not require a healthcare professional and is repeatable, with each screening device capable of performing hundreds of tests per day.

The current gold standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed in laboratories use swabs and must be processed at different temperatures, so results take longer.

The new Virolens test, which is said to provide results in 20 seconds, was launched on Wednesday after a three-week test at Heathrow Airport

The new Virolens test, which is said to provide results in 20 seconds, was launched on Wednesday after a three-week test at Heathrow Airport

Mr. Holland-Kaye, General Manager at Heathrow Airport, said: “Testing for Covid-19 is the lifeline the UK economy needs to get back on its feet.

& # 39; Currently the bottleneck is the availability of the government's preferred PCR testing labs. Fast point-of-care tests solve this problem.

& # 39; I've experienced the iAbra test myself alongside the PCR test – it's faster and cheaper and potentially more accurate.

"We urge the government to accelerate this technology to protect the economy and save millions of jobs in this country."

The current gold standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed in laboratories use swabs and must be processed at different temperatures, so results take longer

The current gold standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed in laboratories use swabs and must be processed at different temperatures, so results take longer

Mass testing will allow people to lead more normal lives, Boris Johnson said at the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday when he promised to increase testing capacity to 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.

He outlined the & # 39; ambitious & # 39; Plans and said, 'We believe we hope we believe that new types of tests that are simple, fast and scalable will become available and use swabs or saliva and turn over, which leads to 90 or even 20 Minutes.

"Crucially, it should be possible to use these tests on a much larger scale than any country has ever done. Literally millions of tests are being run and processed every day."

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