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Red Cross Targets Nationwide Rollout of COVID-19 Saliva Test

The Philippine Red Cross targets to make the COVID-19 saliva test available in all its laboratories nationwide by February 1.

According to Chairman Senator Richard Gordon, “Our goal is to go nationwide by February 1. Today, we are open with our machines in Metro Manila and in Mandaluyong. In the two major laboratories of the country, we have 20 machines in Manila. The rest of the country will have another 28 machines which are capable of 1,000 tests a day.”

The PRC secured last week the Health department’s approval to conduct saliva tests following its completion of a pilot study on 1,000 samples. In the test run, 17 positive cases were detected through the saliva tests, while nine were detected through the swab tests, Gordon said.

Saliva tests also have a faster turnaround time, with results expected in around 6 to 12 hours, as opposed to swab test results which would take at least a day.

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