New PCR test can identify and distinguish between Omicron and Delta

Medical Devices

The Allplex Coronavirus Master Assay from Seegene is a PCR test that shows both Omicron and Delta variants in one tube. Laboratories have already adopted the Seegene's tests, which take less than 24 hours to reflect a positive result.

Seegene’s ‘winter assay’ is a pioneering PCR tests, identifying Covid 19, Flu A/B, and Respiratory syncytial virus. Less than two hours after the test is done, outcomes can be seen.

“To accommodate the growing concerns surrounding Covid 19 and the impact that has on the public health sector, Public Health Wales has embraced the newest Allplex assay device. “

To accommodate the growing concerns surrounding Covid 19 and the impact that has on the public health sector, Public Health Wales has embraced the newest Allplex assay device.

Consultant clinical scientist, Dr Catherine Moore, said that “We started using the assay just before the winter in 2020. The NHS was under so much pressure at the time that we wanted a mechanism to help us recognise not only COVID but other infections that might also be contributing to hospitalisations in the background of the pandemic. By offering the test in the hospital where the patient is based, you are immediately reducing the time from sampling to getting the results - which lead to increased efficiencies and, most importantly, an improvement in patient care.”

“we have found Seegene to be very reactive throughout the pandemic. Within a month or two of a new variant gene announced they have made an assay available for it. The key benefit here is that we haven’t had to change our workflow – a significant advantage for us. Although this has required some software updates, these have been implemented remotely.”

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