The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), an organization of the Government of India, has achieved great success. Actually the institute has produced DIPCOVAN antibody detection kit. This kit can detect virus mutations with a high sensitivity of 97% and specificity of 99%. In addition, it can also detect the nucleocapsid protein of the virus.
It has been developed in collaboration with Vanguard Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based development and manufacturing company. It was developed indigenously by scientists, followed by extensive verification of samples from more than 1000 patients at various Covid hospitals in Delhi.
The product will be commercially launched during the first week of June and around 100 kits, with 100 tests each, will be readily available in the market after the launch. The market price of the product is estimated to be approximately Rs 75 per test.