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Brazilian medical institutions announce cheaper, safer Covid-19 test

. Jun 12, 2020
Brazilian medical institutions announce cheaper, safer Covid-19 test Photo: PhotobyTawat/Shutterstock

São Paulo-based Sírio Libanês Hospital and private lab Mendelics teamed up to launch a new Covid-19 test to identify the virus using technology that reaches a reported 100-percent accuracy and prevents contamination.

The test works by collecting patients’ saliva samples, instead of nasal swabs, solving two problems at once: the lack of cotton buds used to take samples and the exposure of health professionals. By this method, patients can collect and submit their own samples.

The results can be available within an hour, according to the institutions, and the test costs BRL 95 — more affordable than any other option in the market. Mendelics aims to process 110,000 samples on a daily basis and trials are underway with 50,000 patients. While the test’s processing will happen in São Paulo, the goal is to apply them all over Brazil, granting doctors’ access to the results via an internal system.


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Gustavo Ribeiro

An award-winning journalist, Gustavo has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. He has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets and founded The Brazilian Report in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

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