The Ministry of Health is promoting the first pilot to examine the validity of saliva-free and non-stick PCR tests, in collaboration with Bar Ilan University, the Information Center for the Fight against the Corona Virus announced today (Thursday).
The pilot began with the corona virus testing complex in Rabin Square, in collaboration with the Central Laboratory for Viruses at the Ministry of Health, and Bar Ilan University. This, as part of the joint activity to identify and develop new technologies as part of the national effort to deal with the Corona virus with the Ministry of Defense’s Research, Weapons Development and Technological Infrastructure (Mapat) and Healthcare Israel Ministry of Health. The new test is considered less invasive.
The saliva test by PCR will shorten the time to obtain the result to 45 minutes, instead of several hours. According to the Ministry of Health, tests performed under laboratory conditions using MagbiSense’s devices presented performance data and sensitivity similar to a standard PCR test with a marker, which is the standard test in the State of Israel and around the world.
Mimrad also announced that the validity tests will be done so that people of different ages will be sampled in saliva and also in a standard pen test for the purpose of comparing the comfort and safety of saliva sampling as well as examining the validity of the results in relation to PCR and other systemic consequences.
The pilot will last about two weeks, until hundreds of tests are required to validate the technology by the regulator.