25-Second COVID-19 Saliva Test Being Trialed by British Airways to Help Restart Travel

British Airways is to run a trial of an ultra-rapid Covid-19 antigen test that displays results within 25 seconds. It’s the first airline in the world to conduct a trial with medical tech company Canary Global, to assess how its Pelican Covid-19 Ultra Rapid Covid-19 test can play a role in opening up travel. BA flight and cabin crew will be invited to take the Pelican Covid-19 test and the results will be compared with existing tests that they are already taking. Recently approved for use in Europe and the UK, the test is currently going through the approval process in the US. The test is a non-invasive saliva test that delivers 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19.

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