Applauding India’s support in developing a rapid test for COVID-19 as “incredible”, Israel on Wednesday expressed hope that the joint efforts could bring “good news” to the world within months. .
Israeli and Indian scientists are jointly working on an ambitious project to develop a rapid corona test that can deliver results within tens of seconds.
The Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR & D), Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have completed their sample collection mission to test and validate four Israeli diagnostic technologies , a WCO press release said here. .
“The goal is to bring the technological capability to the world to perform rapid Corona tests in tens of seconds, which will allow the opening of airports, office buildings, schools, train stations and more. again, ”said Colonel Asaf Maller, Israeli defense attaché in India, was quoted in the statement.
“Indian support for the project is incredible. All research and development organizations, including Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s scientific adviser, have fully joined the operation. We hope that in a few months we will be able to bring news to the world, ”Maller said.
The Israeli team that left for India on July 26 will return in the coming days with more than 20,000 samples taken from patients with COVID-19, sources said here.
“The goal is to bring into the world the technological ability to perform rapid corona tests in tens of seconds,” Maller said.
Since the start of the pandemic, DDR & D had tested dozens of diagnostic technologies.
Some of them have matured and passed the first trials in Israel, but in order to complete the tests and prove their effectiveness they had to be tested on a wide range of patients, Defense Ministry sources told PTI.
The four technological systems that are tested are: the voice test, the breathalyzer test based on terra-hertz waves, the isothermal test and the polyamino acid test.
Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have had three phone conversations since the outbreak of the pandemic and have pledged mutual assistance in dealing with the virus, engaging in joint technological and scientific research between the two countries.
“We are currently processing and analyzing the data we have collected, and will continue this process upon our arrival in Israel. We are optimistic and hope that we will put in place a rapid diagnostic system for the coronavirus,” the Israeli delegation on behalf of DDR & D, Lt. Col. Yaniv Meirman, was quoted in the WCO press release.
The joint team included representatives from the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Health. They set up six drive-in sites in Delhi for sampling and two labs for data processing using technology they borrowed from Israel.
The Indian government has also commissioned hundreds of local professionals to collect samples (50 to 100 per site), from thousands of volunteers by non-invasive means.
Four types of samples were taken from each patient: sound, saliva, breath, and a swab test.
The activity was overseen by joint Indo-Israel teams at all sites, ensuring that each complied with predetermined guidelines and regulations.
The collected samples were inserted into systems based on artificial intelligence, allowing DDR & D staff and representatives of Israeli industries to begin processing and analyzing the data.
This procedure will continue when the delegation returns to Israel, the WCO said.
“We came to India to enrich Israeli diagnostic technologies, and while we were there we found real partners – partners fully committed to the success of the mission. We are in the process of processing and analyzing the data we have collected and we will continue this process upon our arrival in Israel, ”noted Meirman.
“We are optimistic and hope that in the near future we will put in place a rapid diagnostic system for the coronavirus, which will further open up the Israeli economy, ‘open’ the skies and reduce the damage caused by the pandemic. “, did he declare.
The business in India has been conducted under strict guidelines and regulations to ensure the safety and health of all involved.
Members of the delegation underwent three corona tests during their stay in India and tested negative for the virus, IMoD said.
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