Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biocon MD says India should have drive-through COVID-19 tests like UAE

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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India’s largest biopharmaceutical company, Biocon Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Sunday tweeted that India should also have “drive-in tests”.

The Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw sharing a video about the first drive-through COVID-19 testing facility of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Biotechnology industry veteran says, India should vaccine production in a big way and also get into step up research on communicable diseases. In the backdrop of the global coronavirus outbreak, she also urged the government of India to rope in the private sector to boost the diagnostic capacity to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

As per media reports, a private lab in Delhi will begin drive-through COVID-19 tests very soon. With such tests, one can get a throat/nasal swab taken to have themselves tested.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said thaT On the World Health Organisation’s assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

The response of Europe and the US has been very slow in containing it, According to Show. Kiran told in an interview that now they realize that it has spread quite a lot. Countries like Singapore and China and have contained it, she noted.

She also said that in major coronavirus-affected countries, what’s even scarier is that there are not enough diagnostic kits available for quick diagnosis.

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Mazumdar-Shaw said you can’t even do the mass screening. even in a country like the US, even though people are exhibiting all these symptoms, they are basically taking chest x-rays and quarantining them. So, it’s quite worrying, because you can see how it’s surging.

She said, at present, in India, the COVID-19 positive cases are low, but one has to wait and see how far it can be contained, adding companies in India are taking immediate rapid response steps.