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Clinical trial of COVID-19, influenza kit approved in S. Korea

All News 14:38 September 08, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's drug safety watchdog said Tuesday that it has approved a clinical trial of a multi-diagnostic kit that can detect both the novel coronavirus and seasonal influenza.

As autumn is approaching, health authorities are preparing to tackle both COVID-19 and flu, as it is not easy to distinguish coronavirus cases from flu patients due to their similar symptoms, such as coughing, a sore throat and fever.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has given the green light to the kit that can simultaneously check for the COVID-19 virus and influenza infection.

The names of the kit and the manufacturer have not been released.

Two other similar products are awaiting approval for clinical trials from the ministry, officials said.

If the use of the test kits is approved, it is expected to shorten the time taken to receive test results, compared with the time for two separate tests.


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