Recently, a number of social media handles posted images of a new COVID-19 vaccine, which has sparked a wave of new hope and happiness among the people. The same has also been forward on instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.
The post said that the new vaccine can cure the disease within 3 hours of injection. As per the post, the Roche Medical Company in the US has developed the vaccine.
Here’s the screenshot:
To everyone’s disappointment, the image used in such posts is not a vaccine. However, it is a quick 10-minute testing kit developed by a Korean company Sugentech.
As per the global watchdog World Health Organization (WHO) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no vaccine or cure has been developed or approved by these bodies for the novel coronavirus.
As per the reports, the company has ramped up the production and will be exporting 300,000 test kits per week. Here’s the official confirmation that it’s a testing kit:
It’s description, as written on the company’s website, is as follows:
SGTi-flex COVID-19 IgM/IgG is a gold nanoparticle-based immunochromatographic test kit for qualitative determination of COVID-19’s IgM and IgG antibodies in human whole blood (finger prick or venous), serum or plasma. The kits are accurate and easy to use and results can be observed with the naked eye within 10 minutes.
The experts are saying that the COVID-19 vaccine won’t be ready anytime soon, however, a number of medical companies and pharmaceuticals are working on potential cures and vaccines for the virus.
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