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Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021

New 10-minute test could replace PCR tests at airports






A new express rapid Covid test could be available for travellers at airport within a few months. Scientists at the University of Birmingham say they have developed a test that is as sensitive as a PCR test but can give results in just 10 minutes. It was first announced earlier this year and now extensive testing has confirmed its accuracy.


It would be 'ideally suited' to airport testing, they say, and could be rolled out within about three months with financial backing. The test uses the exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) method, giving results within 10 minutes.


 


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