Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan has launched India’s first mobile lab for COVID-19 testing. The Infectious Disease Diag Lab (I-Lab) – Rapid Response Mobile Laboratory has been developed with the support from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology and Andhra Pradesh Med-tech Zone (AMTZ) under DBT-AMTZ COMManD (COVID Medtech Manufacturing Development) Consortia.
About Infectious Disease Diag Lab (I-Lab):
The main aim of the mobile lab is to address the shortage of critical healthcare technologies in India and move progressively towards a stage of self-sufficiency. I-Lab is capable of conducting both COVID-19 and non-COVID tests and give results the same day. For COVID, it can carry out a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests. While RT-PCR test is a COVID-19 diagnosis test, ELISA test looks for antibodies developed by an individual against the virus. ELISA test tells whether an individual was infected with the virus anytime in the past and has now developed antibodies against it.