Medtech Maldives to introduce 15-minute COVID-19 tests

BinaxNOW™ by US company Abbott.

MedTech Maldives is working to introduce BinaxNOW™ a rapid, highly portable, and affordable tool for detecting active COVID-19 infections at massive scale to the Maldives.

The machine developed by the US company Abbott delivers test results in just 15 minutes with no instrumentation, using proven lateral flow technology with demonstrated sensitivity of 97.1% and specificity of 98.5% in clinical studies.

It is an affordable tool to detect active infections.  Abbott will ship tens of millions of tests in September, ramping to 50 million tests a month at the beginning of October, said the company on its website.