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British company launches 20-second COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: A soldier wearing a protective face mask stands near a sign at the entrance of a testing centre, as Blackburn with Darwen Council imposes local restrictions in an effort to avoid a local lockdown being forced upon the area, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Blackburn, Britain, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

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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