“African countries are gearing up to introduce antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests on a large scale, and this will be a game changer, we think, in the fight against COVID-19,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, said. However, developed countries with world-class health systems so far have been among the ones hardest hit by virus outbreaks. She said the relative lack of testing in Africa could be one of the reasons why African case counts were lower than in developed countries. The antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests for which WHO issued an emergency use listing are intended to provide better testing access to areas where it is harder to distribute the PCR tests often in many wealthier nations. The rapid tests look for antigens, or proteins found on the surface of the virus.
Source: Ethiopian News October 22, 2020 15:15 UTC