- 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 Contro (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.