In line with WHO’s statements to ramp up other measures, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is gearing up for a ‘new massive COVID-19 testing strategy’.
As the reports say, ICMR has requested quotations for more than 10 lakh antibody kits (serological test) for COVID-19 diagnosis.
The research body is also planning to procure 7 lakh RNA extraction kits to support the existing process for diagnosing the virus.
ICMR also asked the manufacturers to give timelines and capacity available for COVID-19 testing kits approved by ICMR, USFDA and EUA.
The manufacturers are due to submit their quotes by March 26, 2020.
Dibrugarh, Bhopal, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have been designated as the locations for supplying kits.
Besides, the Health Ministry is also adding another 30 private labs and 17,000 collection centers across the country to the already-approved 100 government labs, for conducting COVID-19 tests.
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