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New finger prick test to check the level of immunity to Covid-19



A finger prick test could soon show whether people need a booster shot, thanks to new technology being developed in an Australian state.

Work is underway in Victoria to develop new technology that can assess a person’s immunity to Covid-19 in less than half an hour.

With a finger prick, the NAb-Test aims to show a person’s level of immunity to the virus by measuring the neutralizing antibodies in their system.

The new technology could reveal if a person needs a booster and predict their immunity to new strains of coronavirus – but cannot test for the current infection.

The test, which is expected to be developed within 12 months by experts at the Burnet Institute and the Doherty Institute, is said to take less than 20 minutes.

The state government has contributed 500,000 to the project as part of its $ 31 million injection into Covid-19 research.

“Neutralizing antibodies are a key measure of immunity against Covid-19 and are part of the body’s natural immune response that is triggered either by a previous infection or by a vaccination against the virus,” he said in a press release.

“While the test is still in the prototype stage, the Burnet Institute and the Doherty Institute are in business talks to advance the Covid-19 NAb-Test so that it can be used for the benefit of the Victorians as soon as possible. “

In the past year, the state government has invested more than $ 580 million in medical research, including $ 400 million allocated to a new Australian Institute of Infectious Diseases.

On Monday, Victoria recorded 567 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and one death – a woman in her 60s from Moreland.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews also revealed Victoria’s roadmap to come out of lockdown, warning restrictions would remain in Melbourne until the state’s 80% double vaccination target is met.

He said the capital would also continue to stay at home until 70% of the state is fully immunized, which is expected to occur around October 26.

“The idea of ​​opening this place very quickly to 70% or 60% just cannot be realized,” said Andrews.

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