The ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 testing kit, Feluda, is all set to be rolled out across different branches of Apollo hospitals in eight metro cities, as per reports. The Tata group in collaboration with the Apollo group of hospitals launched the Feluda kit on Thursday.
Going by reports, Feluda will be launched in Apollo hospitals across Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad. Reportedly, the kit will be rolled out in the first week of December.
Commercially, the kit has been branded as TataMD Check and is said to offer test results within 45 minutes with accuracy similar to the RT-PCR method.
“The addition of Tata MD Check as part of the testing arsenal will be a boost to the ongoing efforts against this pandemic. We are happy to further the cause of AatmaNirbhar Bharat in providing the launchpad for the adoption of this indigenously developed test. Individuals can download Apollo 24/7 app with the benefit of availing reports within 2 hours,” said Dr Sangita Reddy, joint managing director, Apollo Hospitals.
The team of scientists that invented the Feluda test kit at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology had said that the test would be simpler and as accurate as RT-PCR. They added that it is likely to be cheaper than an RT-PCR test. Notably, the kit was approved for use by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in September.