Recently, the appearance of a new COVID-19 variant called Omicron has created anxiety in the community. First detected in South Africa, Omicron has now spread to many other countries and territories such as Australia, Belgium, Botswana, UK, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong (China), Israel, UK, Netherlands. , France and Canada.
While researchers are still in the process of analyzing this new variant, recently, BKAV CEO Nguyen Tu Quang also gave updates on COVID-19 testing technology with saline, which was first approved by BKAV. announced in the middle of this year.
Thereby, when asked by a user whether BKAV’s saline test technology is capable of detecting the Omicron variant, Mr. Nguyen Tu Quang said that it “uses AI technology”, so he believes that there is an Omicron variant. detectable.
“Using AI technology, I believe this variant will also be detected. We are perfecting the process, including the process of updating new variants,” Quang replied.
At the time of its first announcement in June 2021, BKAV CEO affirmed that the saline test method has many advantages compared to traditional methods. Time to get test results with saline is only in seconds, instead of hours compared to PCR method. The saline test also has a lower cost and a simpler sampling process.
“We use a band of light frequencies, shine it into a test tube containing saline mouthwash of the person to be tested, then we collect it with a sensor on the output, and we will measure what frequencies are absorbed. Absorption at a high or low level and with different absorption frequencies will result in different diseases.In this case, it is COVID, but with the naked eye, we cannot see the difference in absorption frequencies. We have to use training for the AI, so that it knows what samples are from COVID patients and which are normal people.” Quang shared.
At that time, BKAV said it was working with the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to develop this technology, with initial results being very positive when the initial acceptance rate reached over 90%.
“Really if the solution is successful, it will change our strategy, I think not only the strategy in Vietnam but also the strategy in the world on COVID prevention. We will be easy, fast. quickly, simply detect a person infected with COVID.”
First announced in June 2021 and many months have passed, but this technology has not yet been put into practice. In a livestream exchange with the user community, BKAV CEO said that one of the reasons for this is that the doctors of the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases do not have much time to coordinate research due to the fact that they still have to work. anti-epidemic.
“The COVID testing machine, it seems to have been touched, but it is still very difficult. The machine is being tested at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, but doctors still have to fight the epidemic and treat the disease, so they only have can take advantage of time to coordinate with research. Then when testing to ensure the best quality, many samples are required, repeated many times. Changed the plan many times but so far the basic is very good, time I’ll let you know when it’s released.”
In the most recent reply, when asked when BKAV’s saline testing technology will be put into use, Mr. Quang still could not give a specific timeline but only answered briefly. “It’s coming soon, buddy.”