Am I actually protected in opposition to the coronavirus now? This is a query requested by many after receiving a vaccination. The medtech firm nal von minden from Moers in Germany has now developed a fast check that may reliably detect antibodies in opposition to COVID-19 pathogens in blood. The NADAL® COVID-19 S1-NAb Test is now out there throughout Europe.
“People want clarity once they been vaccinated against coronavirus: They want to know if it has worked,” says Thomas Zander, CEO of nal von minden GmbH. Depending on the actual vaccine used, the COVID-19 vaccines supply 70% or extra safety from the illness – however not 100%.
NADAL® COVID-19 S1-NAb Test
If the vaccine has ‘worked’, the physique produces human antibodies in opposition to the illness. “These antibodies ensure that, in the event of exposure, the disease pathogens – the coronaviruses – would be readily identified and quickly repelled. Rather like the police on alert.”
These antibodies may be present in human blood and, if current, are simply detectable. With the NADAL® COVID-19 S1-NAb Test, the method takes just some minutes. Thomas Zander explains: “Our new rapid test for the detection of coronavirus antibodies can be carried out by your GP in the future, as the test is currently only for professional use. A tiny prick of the finger is enough. The little drop of blood is added to the accompanying test cassette, and results can be read within 15 minutes.”
The new fast check has already been comprehensively studied within the USA and China. “In the USA and China the vaccination programmes are more progressed, so the first studies were carried out there,” says Zander. “Further quality studies at German research centres will follow shortly.” It has been confirmed that the antibody check works for all types of vaccines (BioNtech, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Sinovac and Moderna).
Coronavirus vaccinations normally happen throughout two appointments, and the brand new fast check may be carried out both two weeks after the primary vaccination, or two weeks after the second, says Thomas Zander. “Those who produce an immune response following the first vaccine – which can cause, for example, mild cold-like symptoms – can first wait until after the second vaccination.” Of course, the check can be carried out weeks and even months afterwards, as no person but is aware of how lengthy the vaccinations defend us in opposition to coronaviruses.
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