Qiagen notes that the test can process up to 30 swab samples per hour while supporting parallel processing of antibody tests.
The companies have submitted the test for emergency use authorization in the U.S. and CE-IVD marking in Europe.
The QIAreach SARS-CoV-2 antigen test has 90% sensitivity and 100% specificity, according to Qiagen. Competing products, such as the BinaxNOW from Abbot, have a sensitivity of 95%. The Roche (SWX: RO, ROG) Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 test is said to detect antibodies with 100% sensitivity in samples procured 14 days after a PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection.