Siemens Healthineers, a medical solutions company, announced last week that it is drastically expanding its infectious disease testing in order to provide support and assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. If all goes according to plan, the test could hugely assist in the fight against the outbreak.
Siemens Healthineers has developed a laboratory-based complete antibody test which detects the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in the blood. This added test will offer a clear view in patients’ progression of the disease as it identifies those people who have developed an immunity against COVID-19 after having contracted it. The test has offered specificity and sensitivity of more than 99%.
Siemens Healthineers anticipates the test will be available in late May 2020, which, if all goes according to plan, will offer more than 25 million tests per month from June onwards. The analyzing system the company will use can run up to 440 tests per hour and gives results in an astonishingly fast 14 minutes. Moreover, the company also plans on running a serology test, which will deliver up to 240 tests an hour, with the results showing up in 18 minutes. These tests will enable more patients to be tested more quickly in the, seemingly, near future.