Two diagnostic tests for coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently being evaluated by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, reports The Hindu.
The tests are being developed entirely in India. The NIV is in the process of evaluating them and the results are anticipated within the upcoming two weeks, informed Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology at Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The government will be forming a Rapid Response Regulatory Framework to accelerate the development of drugs and diagnostics against COVID-19. The regulatory framework evaluates potential diagnostic kits and vaccines developed against the disease.
The government is preparing guidelines for private diagnostic companies to develop tests to detect the COVID-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2.
Currently, these processes are led by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) and the Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation. The process is estimated to take from 30-45 days, and the proposed framework aims to bring the approval cycle to 7 days.