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Wider protection of saliva-based PCR testing pushed

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Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) – February 24, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion is pushing for the better protection of saliva-based polymerase chain response (PCR) testing for COVID-19 whereas the nation waits for the arrival of vaccines.

In an announcement yesterday, Concepcion stated analysis on saliva-based PCR testing has been given the go sign by the Philippine Youngsters’s Medical Middle (PCMC).

“We’re happy to announce that our examine on the usage of saliva as specimen for SEA-CoV-2 antigen and RT-PCR has been accredited by the PCMC Institutional Evaluation and Ethics Board. It paves the way in which for a sooner, extra economical and safer methodology of testing if confirmed,” PCMC COVID-19 testing laboratory head Dr. Raymundo Lo stated, noting that saliva-based testing and saliva-based pooled testing would supply a less expensive, extra handy and cost-effective testing methodology.

“We invite all who will avail of standard RT-PCR testing at PCMC to take part within the examine for us to maneuver ahead in reopening our financial system with correct security measures,” Lo added.

Ought to the analysis bear substantial outcomes, findings will likely be forwarded to the Division of Well being (DOH) for approval.

“DOH approval would imply that each one hospitals and testing facilities which were conducting swab-based PCR testing could be educated and allowed to conduct saliva-based PCR testing,” Concepcion stated.

Concepcion’s Go Negosyo group has been concerned in serving to safe vaccines for the nation.

Final month, a second tripartite deal was signed by the personal sector with the federal government for the availability of 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

The primary deal overlaying 2.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines was signed by the personal sector, authorities and AstraZeneca in November final 12 months.

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