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PAHO: New rapid antigen tests could transform COVID-19 response in region

nationnews Barbados – from CMC

Washington – The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says that a new affordable, reliable antigen diagnostic test that was recently approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and can be performed anywhere, is set to transform the region’s COVID-19 response by allowing health workers to carry out accurate, rapid testing, even in remote communities.

Unlike previous rapid, antibody tests, which can show when someone has had COVID-19 but often gives a negative result during the early stages of infection, PAHO Director Dr Carissa F Etienne said the new rapid, antigen tests are “much more accurate in determining if someone is currently infected”.  Continue reading