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Virus Sampling Kits - Approved by NHS Scotland

E: A connection is helpful

We are able to supply a high quality swab and preservative / medium kit for the collection of samples. Swabs can be used for either nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal specimen collection.  

Have you validated this method, if so, how and what were the results of the validation?

Yes.  We have been approved by NHS Scotland's testing lab and are now supplying in large quantities. 

How quickly could this be deployed and what are the dependencies?

500,000 units in 14-21 days

What is the likely production volume?

100,000 units per day 

What are the risks and barriers to using this at scale?

None, tried and tested

Who are you already partnering with on this?

NHS Scotland are buying. This sampling kit is also being purchased by governments in Italy, Spain and Germany.  It has an ongoing excellent track record in China for large scale SARS-CoV-2 testing.  

edited on Apr 15, 2020 by Lewis Calcutt
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Jo Martin Apr 15, 2020

Which platforms does this technology work with?

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Lewis Calcutt Apr 16, 2020

Jo, NHS Scotland validated or swabs sampling kits on the biomerieux EasyMAG for extraction and the AB7500 using the PHE RdRp assay for the amplification.

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Jo Martin Apr 15, 2020

Status label added: D

Need to just check any technology limitations, but sounds ready to go.

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Lewis Calcutt Apr 15, 2020

Hi Jo, PCR, i will find out what platform the team in Scotland validated on.

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David Gokhale Apr 17, 2020

Hi, thanks for the submission but just to check: my understanding in the the Yocon Viral Transport Medium in the above swab kits does not inactivate the virus (and doesn't claim to).
http://en.yocon.com.cn/Home/Product/slct/id/11/cpid/212.html

It looks a good swab system but I just want to ensure that there isn't confusion between (i) transport media that inactivates the virus at the point of sampling and (ii) swab systems that will keep the virus stable for inactivation on arrival at the lab.

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Lewis Calcutt Apr 17, 2020

Hi David, thanks for your comment. Thats correct this product a viral transport medium / preservative. Confusion created perhaps because i have posted this in the wrong thread?!

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Lewis Calcutt Apr 22, 2020

David, apart from the VTM we do have a Molecular sampling kit. The molecular media (inactivated) kills the virus but preserves the RNA for molecular testing. It is CE marked, FDA approved and from one of the largest biotech companies in China. Feel free to explore this with us.

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Bev Matthews Apr 20, 2020

Status label added: E

Status label removed: D

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Luke Wainwright Apr 20, 2020

Dear Lewis,

Many thanks for sharing the information above regarding the distribution of high quality swab and preservative/medium kit for the collection of samples. As this information does not relate to the testing methods campaign, but is nevertheless of interest to the wider COVID-response, please refer to the following webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-the-governme...esting-capacity

Best wishes,
Luke

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Lewis Calcutt Apr 20, 2020

Thank you Luke, much appreciated. The link didnt work, but i think this is the correct link:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-the-governme...esting-capacity

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Luke Wainwright Apr 20, 2020

It is indeed. My apologies, not sure what happened there.

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Bev Matthews Apr 21, 2020

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Bev Matthews Apr 21, 2020

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