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2022-January-5  17:48

Iran Makes Omicron Testing Kit

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian scientists managed to produce the first testing kit for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 disease.

Head of Kashan University of Medical Sciences Seyed Alireza Moraveji said the kit has been produced in the Molecular Biomarkers Laboratory of Kashan University of Medical Sciences by Majid Lotfinia, a member of the scientific board of this university.

"The kit can detect different strains of the coronavirus, including alpha, beta, gamma, epsilon, eta, zeta, utah, delta, delta plus and omicron," Moraveji added.

Moraveji said that a year of research was spent to make this kit.

He added that 20 foreign companies have also produced the test kit and the product of Kashan University of Medical Sciences is quite similar to those made outside Iran, though with one fifth of the cost of foreign ones.

Also known as the B.1.1.529 variant, Omicron was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on Wednesday. It was later discovered in countries such as Australia, the UK, Belgium, and Canada.