What kind of test kit can detect Omicron variation?
On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a worrying new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, called Omicron (B.1.1.529) was detected for the first time in some South African countries such as South Africa, Botswana etc… Omicron has 32 mutations in spike protein, which is the most mutant variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This variant has been forecasted to spread 500% faster than the Delta variant and in fact, on December 15, 2021, WHO announced that Omicron has been identified in 77 countries.
On December 28, 2021, the Ministry of Health announced the first case of infection with the Omicron variant recorded in Vietnam. This fact requires test kits currently on the market to detect the Omicron variant to initially reduce the burden on the health system. LabGenomics Co., Ltd – one of Korea’s leading companies in healthcare, molecular bio diagnostics, has developed the LabGunTM COVID-19 ExoFast RT-PCR Kit which is confirmed to have ability to detect the Omicron variant (B1.1.529). LabGunTM COVID-19 ExoFast RT-PCR Kit has proven quality and effectiveness in 15 countries around the world (USA, Europe, UAE, India, Philippines…) The kit has 100% Specificity. 100% Sensitivity, highly accurate identification of Indian, Delta, Omicron…; Especially, the kit summits the fastest results compared to Real-time PCR test kit of the same type with only 35 minutes. The kit is recommended by the US FDA EUA for use and is published at the European Union’s Covid 19 prevention website. Currently, the kit has been granted an import license by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam, tested at National Institute for Control of Vaccines & Biologicals, MOH, Vietnam (NICVB) and is exclusively distributed in Vietnam by IMPAC Corporation, Address 19th floor, Charmvit Tower, No. 117 Tran Duy Hung Street, Trung Hoa Ward, Cau Giay District, City. Hanoi.
It is hoped that the LabGunTM COVID-19 ExoFast RT-PCR Kit will help quickly and accurately detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in general and the Omicron variant in particular, contributing to repelling the epidemic in Vietnam.