Coronavirus | British Airways tests an antigen test with results in 25 seconds for Covid-19
British Airways British Airways He will try, for the first time in the world, a Antigen test from Covid-19 That gives results in 25 seconds, as part of its analysis of international travel facilitation, today in a statement.
In the note, British Airways , Part of the Spanish-British group IAG, explains that the “Pelican Covid-19 Ultra Rapid” saliva test, developed by Canadian medical technology company Canary Global, can detect asymptomatic and asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2, including variants. .
Beta test for Antigen test It will be conducted first among the airline’s crew, whose results will be compared with results obtained through other types of diagnostic tests, to prove its reliability.
The statement said the Pelican test, which is digital and works with nanotechnology, has already been approved by the British regulators and the European Union and is awaiting certification from the US authorities.
Consider expanding the use of antigen testing
If the trial results are positive, British Airways He hopes to be able to use this kind of ultra-fast testing on some of the paths that accept these “sensitivity criteria”.
CEO Sean Doyle said that with the resumption of international travel, the airline remains “committed to exploring easy and affordable tests to help our customers fly again.”
For its part, Canary Global is in talks with other companies in the travel, hospitality and events sectors to test use of their tests, and have increased their production to “meet global demand”.
British Airways It is also currently testing VeriFLY travel health app, which enables it to check entry requirements in different countries and archive the necessary documents.
The United kingdom International travel will resume next Monday – which has been banned since January, except in exceptional cases – although at present there are only a dozen low-risk countries exempt from quarantine and most of them require isolation and several Anticovid test.
(With information from EFE)
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