A rapid coronavirus detection test that gives results in under a minute – developed by Israel and India – should be ready in “a matter of days,” according to Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka. “All the thresholds have been passed.”

“It will be good news for the entire world. Until we manage to immunize the entire population, this joint operation, which we had named ‘Open Skies,’ would literally open the skies in terms of international travel and other economic activities as this can be used at airports and other places by requiring a person just to blow into a tube and the result would be available in 30-40-50 seconds.”

The test is also very inexpensive, as the results are delivered locally without the logistics and cost of sending samples to a lab.

Israel sent a high-level Defense Research and Development Directorate delegation to India in July to develop the new and rapid test, while treating Indian patients with COVID-19. Preliminary tests have been carried out in the country and each of them has successfully passed the various stages required.

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