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‘Game changer’ 25-second coronavirus test trialed by British Airways

by LLB staff reporter
13th May 21 1:58 pm

British Airway are the world’s first airline to trial Coivd test that provides results within 25-seconds, and they have described it as a “game changer.”

Medical tech company, Canary Global have developed a Pelican Covid-19 antigen test and BA’s cabin crew will be invited to take the test, which will be compared against the standard PCR test.

BA’s chief executive Sean Doyle said they are “committed to exploring easy and affordable testing solutions to help our customers travel again.”

He added, “We think this new ultra-rapid test is a game-changer so we are delighted to work with the team at Canary to begin initial trials with our flight and cabin crew, before exploring what role it could play as a customer testing option.”

BA said the test identifies 98% of those who have have Covid and 100% of those who do not have the virus.

BA added that the test was “recently approved for use in Europe and UK,” which is being assessed in the US.

Raj Reddy, Canary Global’s chief executive, said the Pelican test offers “PCR-like accuracy.”

He added, “We developed the test with the travel industry in mind, where speed, accuracy and ease of use are paramount.

“We are very excited to partner with BA as pioneer and industry leader to trial this test.

“We hope the Pelican test can soon be used as a standard test for travellers and crew around the world.”

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