Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare dedicated the COBAS 6800 COVID-19 testing machine to the nation during a visit to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in New Delhi.
- The machine has been placed at the NCDC because it requires a minimum BSL2+ (Biosafety Level Two Plus) containment level for testing, and cannot be placed at just any facility.
- COBAS 6800 can also detect other pathogens like Viral Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Mtb, Papilloma, CMV, Chlamadiya, Neiserreia, etc.
About COBAS 6800:
The COBAS 6800 is a fully automated, high-end machine for performing Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for COVID-19. The machine will provide high-volume and quality testing and will be able to test around 1200 samples in 24 hours. This will help to increase the testing capacity in the country.
- This machine is enabled with robotics which will minimize the chance of contamination and the risk of contraction of the virus by healthcare professionals as the machine is operated remotely, with very little human intervention.
Works under– Ministry of Family & Health Welfare (MoHFW)
Director– Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh