Coronavirus antibody testing kits launched in Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The antibody testing kits for coronavirus have been launched in Malta, with the first patients have already been tested on Friday.

This was announced by the Medical Laboratory Services at St James Hospital in collaboration with Vivian in a statement on Saturday evening.

The antibody test from Roche is intended as an aid in the determination of the immune reaction to coronavirus. The Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test is an immunoassay for the in vitro qualitative detection of antibodies (including IgG) to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human serum and plasma.

Vivian explained that the Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 has high clinical sensitivity of 100% if tested 14 days after a positive swab and overall specificity of 99.81%.

A total of 5272 samples were tested during assay performance validation. The samples were obtained before the coronavirus pandemic, with the kit exhibiting a high overall clinical specificity of 99.81% with no cross-reactivity to the common cold coronaviruses.

Earlier on Saturday, the Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci said that the government was still validating the antibody testing kits it had acquired before launching community testing.

On the other hand, Vivian Corporation, one of Malta’s leading distributors in the healthcare sector said that the antibody test from Roche was 100% sensitive to coronavirus.

Paul Sultana, owner of Medical Laboratory Services described the launch as a “great” milestone, adding that this was a testament to commitment the MLS has always kept in being at the forefront of science, providing healthcare professionals the best possible diagnostic resources.

Vivian’s Sales and Business Development Manager, Reuben Fava hailed the collaboration of his team and that of Roche, adding that this made possible the availability of the kits locally.

The antibody testing kits will be distributed locally by Vivian.

The Vivian and Roche partnership has been active for over 65 years operating both in the private market as well as the public sector with various key stakeholders to promote and innovate patient-centric healthcare approaches in Malta and Gozo.

On Saturday, 14 new coronavirus cases were detected out of nine exhibited no symptoms related to coronavirus.

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