Qiagen Says Its COVID-19 PCR Tests Can Detect The New South African Variant

Qiagen N.V. QGEN announced that its polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests remain accurate and effective in detecting COVID-19 infections in light of the emergence of a new variant detected in South Africa.

  • Qiagen has assessed its COVID-19 PCR tests against the genetic mutations of the variant, dubbed B.1.1.529. 
  • The assessment was made against data available in the GISAID and GenBank public databases.
  • It applies to all of Qiagen's PCR tests for detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus involving:
  • Artus SARS-CoV-2 Prep&Amp UM Kit, a test that integrates sample preparation and detection in a single kit, enabling a throughput of over 670 tests per PCR cycler in an eight-hour shift
  • QIAstat-Dx syndromic testing system, which includes QIAstat-Dx Respiratory 4 Plex Flu A-B/RSV/SARS-CoV-2 to identify in about an hour whether patients have common seasonal respiratory infections or SARS-CoV-2.
  • NeuMoDx 96 and 288 integrated PCR testing systems used in laboratory testing.
  • Furthermore, the new variant is reliably detected by QIAcuity digital PCR and QIAprep&amp Viral RNA kit.
  • Price Action: QGEN shares are up 4.53% at $57.03 during the market session on the last check Friday.

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