Russia's Consumer Protection watchdog: "New test to uncover COVID-19 immunity to come out next week"

# 27 March 2020 14:21 (UTC +04:00)

Russian scientists have worked feverishly in recent weeks to study COVID-19, sequencing the virus's genome last week and subsequently starting work on potential vaccines, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology (VECTOR) in Koltsovo, Novosibirsk region has created a new test kit which will be able to uncover people with immunity to COVID-19, Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's consumer protection watchdog, has announced.

"Next week, a new test system prepared by VECTOR will enable us to determine whether a person has antibodies, memory-based antibodies, or is suffering from an acute phase of the disease, which will also be determined more quickly [than an ordinary test] and with great efficiency," Anna Popova, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, said, speaking at a briefing of the government's COVID-19 response council on Friday.

According to the official, the new kit will help identify individuals "both among the general population and among medical personnel people who already have immunity and can work more freely with patients."