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OmiSure for Detecting the Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2

OmiSure- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 3: Science and Technology- Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

OmiSure | Test Kit for Detecting the Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2_40.1

 

OmiSure- Context

  • Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a testing kit for detecting the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

 

OmiSure- Key Points

  • About: OmiSure is an RT-PCR kit that will be used to confirm the Omicron variant of Covid virus in patients with its S-Gene Target Failure (SGTF) strategy.
  • Development of OmiSure kit: the kit is manufactured by Tata Medical and Diagnostics and is named OmiSure.
    • The kit currently in use to detect Omicron in India has been developed by the U.S.-based scientific instrumentation company Thermo Fisher.
    • It, too, uses the SGTF strategy to detect the variant.

 

OmiSure- Associated Significance

  • Critical for Public Health: Diagnostic services like the OmiSure test kit are critical for public health.
    • During an outbreak, timely information is needed to guide and tailor public health response to stop/ curtail disease spread.
  • Reducing Inaccessibility: Development of OmiSure will help in addressing inequalities in access to COVID-19 diagnostics tools in India and globally.

 

 

Additional Information: SARS-CoV-2 genomics consortium in Southeast Asia

  • About: In the context of rising omicron cases, the WHO is proposing to set up a SARS-CoV-2 genomics consortium in Southeast Asia this year.
  • Key Mandates:
    • The SARS-CoV-2 genomics consortium will help enhance genomic sequencing and surveillance.
    • The SARS-CoV-2 consortium will develop a robust regional system for detecting and monitoring the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 viral threats for epidemics and pandemics.
  • Significance:
    • The SARS-CoV-2 genomics consortium will help improve the timely use of genomic data for public health decision-making.
    • The SARS-CoV-2 genomics consortium also aims to strengthen preparedness and response to future outbreaks/ pandemics, added a release issued by the group.

 

COVID19 Pandemic: Omicron variant EXPLAINED

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