ICMR approves indigenously developed kit to detect Delta and Omicron variants
In Maharashtra, indigenously developed ‘CoviDelta kit’ a Pune-based diagnostic centre has become the first ICMR approved test kit that detects all current variants of COVID-19 and flags for presumptive Delta and Omicron variants in a single test.
Dr. Nikhil Phadke, Founder and Chief Science Officer at GenePath Diagnostics informed that this kit is capable of detecting all important Covid-19 variants described across the world to date including the currently dominant Delta and Omicron variants. He stated that this made-in-India kit is fast and cost-effective and has been approved by ICMR with 100% sensitivity and specificity.
He informed that the it was due to the kit that the presence of the first Omicron case in Pune city could be flagged and consequently confirmed by all concerned government consortiums. He added that several government and private organizations in India and internationally are now evaluating the use of this kit as part of their diagnostic and surveillance efforts.
According to Dr Phadke one of the most important highlights of this test kit is its ability to reliably differentiate all current Delta lineages and all Omicron lineages.