Geneva , Sept 29:
The World Health Organization announced that it and leading partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid-diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to help lower- and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries even if it’s not fully funded yet. The rapid tests look for antigens, or proteins found on the surface of the virus. They are generally considered less accurate though much faster than higher-grade genetic tests, known as PCR tests. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the program as good news in the fight against COVID-19. He said the 120 million tests would represent a massive increase in testing, but were still a fraction of what is needed in those countries. The high-income countries are currently carrying out 292 tests per day per 100,000 people while the lowest-income countries were conducting 14 per 100,000 people.