On Thursday, the Federal Government announced the development and validation of RNA-Swift, a test kit for the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent for COVID-19.
According to Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Ministry of Science and Technology, while addressing a press conference in Abuja, he said that the development of the test kit was aimed at speeding up effective testing of Nigerians during the pandemic.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said;
“The RNA-Swift has amazing precision for the detection of SARS-COV-2 and will be commercially available at a price that places it ahead of competitors in terms of sensitivity and affordability.”
“I want to confirm to you that the RNA-Swift product team is in consultation with the African Development Bank for the funding of an African-wide testing programme for COVID-19 and the establishment for RNA-Swift production in Nigeria,” he stated.