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British company launches 20-second COVID-19 test

A man wears a mask as he walks past an information board following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bolton, Britain, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - British start-up company iAbra said it had developed a 20-second saliva COVID-19 test which had 99.8% sensitivity and 96.7% specificity.

Trials of the “Virolens” test have taken place at Heathrow Airport, the company, which was founded in 2010, said.

“Our system allows simple, high speed, reliable and low-cost testing in dynamic environments,” Greg Compton, CEO of iAbra, added in a statement.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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