British Airways is the first airline in the world to embark on a pilot project of an ultrafast antigen test on Covid-19 that displays results within 25 seconds. A saliva test can detect symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2, including new versions of the virus.
It is a collaboration with medical technology company Canary Global to evaluate the effectiveness of their test Pelican Covid-19 Ultra Rapid Covid-19, which displays the result within 25 seconds. If the pilot project proves successful, it could play a big role in further opening up to travel.
The pilot project will first be carried out on flight and cabin crew members, with the airline comparing the results with its standard, ie existing test results. The ultra-fast test has recently been approved for use in Europe and the UK, and is currently undergoing FDA approval.
It is an ultra-fast digital salivary antigen test that provides 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2, the company said, adding that users simply take a saliva sample in a disposable sensor unit, shake it and insert it into re-digital reader and then wait for the results to appear via the mobile app.
Sean Doyle, The President and CEO of British Airways said that they consider this new ultra-fast game changer test and that they are pleased to begin initial testing with their flight and cabin crew together with the team at Canary, before exploring what role play as a passenger testing option.
Raj Reddy, Canary CEO and inventor of technology said that combining the power of nanosensors and digital detection technology, the Pelican CV19 test is the first ultrafast test that can restore PCR-like accuracy from 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity. "We developed the test keeping in mind the tourism industry where speed, accuracy and ease of use are paramount. We are very excited to partner with BA as a pioneer and industry leader to test this test and we hope that the Pelican test will soon be able to be used as a standard test for passengers and crew worldwide"
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The news we have been waiting for a long time - a quick test that immediately shows the results, of course with the precondition that the test is accurate, ie that the ultra fast test proves successful.