Coronavirus: a mobile laboratory will soon allow rapid testing at Brussels Airport

The mobile laboratory will be installed outside the airport terminal (departures level) and passengers will be able to perform a PCR test there. The tests will be analyzed on site in the mobile laboratory.

UA Covid-19 mobile test laboratory will soon be installed at Brussels Airport, which will allow passengers returning from a red zone to be tested upon arrival at the airport, just like departing passengers.

“Public health has been an absolute priority for Brussels Airport since the start of the coronavirus crisis. That is why we have decided to go further by offering the possibility of performing a Covid-19 test in a mobile laboratory at the airport. Anyone returning from a red zone will therefore be able to be tested upon arrival at Brussels Airport. Also departing passengers can be tested. In a quick test, the results will already be available within three hours. », Says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

The mobile laboratory will be installed outside the airport terminal (departures level) and passengers will be able to perform a PCR test there. The tests will be analyzed on site in the mobile laboratory. Thus, in the case of a rapid test, the results will already be available within 3 hours and 9 hours, on average, for a standard test. Passengers arriving from a red zone who must be tested can do so at the price set by the INAMI, i.e. 46.81 euros. The standard PCR test will cost 67 euros and the rapid test 135 euros.

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Trump rejected the evil intent of China in the COVID-19 pandemic :: Politics :: RBC

The world’s coronavirus pandemic was the result of Chinese incompetence or error, US President Donald Trump said. He noted that he did not believe in a pandemic as a result of deliberate actions.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was not the result of malicious intent or intentional actions; most likely, it arose due to incompetence or error, President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

“They are [Китай] did a terrible thing. I don’t think they did it on purpose, but it was done, perhaps due to incompetence. It is possible that it burst out, and they did not know how to say about it, ”the US president said. According to him, Washington has repeatedly offered assistance to Beijing, but these proposals were rejected.

Schools opened in Wuhan. Photoreport


Trump also reiterated his accusations against the World Health Organization, to the budget of which the United States pays almost $ 500 million annually.
“I will soon make a statement on this subject, because they behave like puppets in China. Everything that China is doing is good for them, although they only get $ 38 million from it, ”Trump continued.

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WHO called speculative statements of the USA about the virus created in China :: Society :: RBC

The fact that China after the appearance of the coronavirus “made a terrible mistake” and tried to hide it, said US President Donald Trump. According to him, he has data that allow us to claim the appearance of coronavirus in the Chinese laboratory.

About this version in mid-April, the Fox News channel reported. According to him, it was the employee of one of the laboratories in China, in which the coronavirus was allegedly created, that he became the first to be infected. The US Department of State’s Intelligence and Research Bureau, however, did not support this version due to lack of evidence.

Later, the intelligence services of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand reported that China, after conducting experiments with the coronavirus in the laboratory, destroyed evidence, reports The Daily Telegraph. In addition, China deliberately hid information on coronavirus in order to stock up on drugs and masks, citing data from the US Department of Homeland Security, AP said.

In China, their involvement in the creation of the coronavirus has been denied. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhao Lijiang noted that WHO has repeatedly said that there is no evidence for this version.

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Trump said China’s attempt to “hide the mistake” with the coronavirus :: Society :: RBC

Chinese authorities have made a “terrible mistake” in the situation with the coronavirus, said US President Donald Trump. They tried to hide it, but their attempts to “put out the fire” failed, he noted

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China after the appearance of the coronavirus “made a terrible mistake” and tried to hide it, said US President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News.

“I think they [власти Китая] made a terrible mistake and did not want to admit it. We wanted to come [в КНР для проведения расследования]but they didn’t want to let us in, even the World Health Organization did not want to let us in. They recognized this, but much later, and not immediately. In my opinion, they made a mistake and tried to hide it, put out it like a fire, and couldn’t do it, ”Trump said.

According to him, the worst decision of the PRC authorities was that “they banned entry to China, but did not banned entry [своим жителям] in the US and around the world. “

AP learns about China hiding virus data for drug storage

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The fact that the coronavirus was created in one of the laboratories in China, and its employee accidentally became the first to be infected, was announced in mid-April by Fox News. The US Department of State Intelligence and Research Bureau, however, did not support this version, explaining its position by the lack of evidence.

However, May 1 that he has information to talk about the appearance of coronavirus in the Chinese laboratory, Trump said. Two days later, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also reported a “significant amount” of evidence for this version. According to him, this is not the first time that the world is faced with the threat of a virus due to “failures in the Chinese laboratory,” and the US can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party “did everything possible so that the world wouldn’t recognize [о ситуации с коронавирусом] in a timely manner”.

The fact that China destroyed evidence of experiments with coronavirus in the laboratory follows from the report of the alliance of special services of the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, The Daily Telegraph reported. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, China was hiding data on coronavirus in order to increase the supply of medicines and remedies, AP writes.

In China, data on the creation of a coronavirus by man has been refuted. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang recalled that WHO “has repeatedly stated that there is no evidence that the new coronavirus was created in the laboratory.”

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Popova announced laboratories with an accuracy of 40% coronavirus detection :: Society :: RBC

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Some coronavirus detection laboratories operating in Russia give results with an accuracy of only 30–40%. This was announced by the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova in an interview for the film Naili Asker-zade “Dangerous Virus” on the channel “Russia-1”.

“There are such [лаборатории], where the confirmation rate or percentage of confirmations is both 30% and 40%, and the rest are unreliable. Here we still have to work, ”said Popova.

According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, the country also has seven laboratories that can operate without test confirmation, as their percentage of accurate results ranges from 92 to 98%.

Coronavirus pandemic. The most relevant on May 2

As Popova had previously predicted, the results in the development of a vaccine against coronavirus should be expected no earlier than by mid-summer.

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China did not invite WHO to investigate the origin of coronavirus :: Politics :: RBC

The Chinese authorities launched an investigation into the occurrence of coronavirus infection, but experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) were not invited to take part in it. This was announced to Sky News by the representative of the organization in China, Goden Galea.

“We know that a national investigation is already underway, but at this stage we were not invited to participate,” Galea said. According to him, WHO continues to make inquiries about the investigation to the health authorities and authorities in China.

At the same time, there is no reason to refuse to participate in the organization, Galea said. He noted that the WHO did not doubt the natural origin of the virus.

Coronavirus pandemic. The most relevant on April 30

Earlier, Fox News reported that the coronavirus could have come from a laboratory in Wuhan, where an employee allegedly accidentally infected the virus. At the same time, the US Department of State Intelligence and Research Bureau did not support the version of the artificial origin of the infection, indicating that there was no evidence of coronavirus from the laboratory.

US President Donald Trump, in turn, said that he had information that allows him to say that the source of infection is a Chinese laboratory.

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In Russia, registered the domestic test for antibodies to coronavirus :: Society :: RBC

He also wrote that the new test systems have already been transferred to several hospitals for testing doctors working in the red zone. “In the next few days, the Hematology Research Center will launch a test for the presence of anti-COVID-19 antibodies in the blood for everyone,” Yefimov promised.

On Tuesday, April 28, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that studies of immunity in medical workers had already begun in Moscow. According to her, the number examined by the domestic test system amounted to more than 3.2 thousand people.

All doctors and nurses in Moscow will be tested for immunity to COVID-19

As a result, it turned out that 20% of the examined medical personnel already have immunity to SARS-CoV-2. “This is acquired immunity, this is a good prognostic sign,” said the head of Rospotrebnadzor. Popova clarified that the number of physicians with immunity to COVID-19 is least in children’s infectious diseases hospitals, in adult hospitals their share is almost 30%.

On the same day, the Genetico Center for Genetics and Reproductive Medicine announced the start of tests for antibodies to coronavirus. A test called CoronaPass for the determination of immunoglobulins M and G for a new coronavirus infection will be conducted only in the Genetico laboratory and will be available through partner medical centers, the company said. First of all, on a free basis, the laboratory tests the doctors of medical centers collaborating with Genetico. Then, studies will be done for patients of these centers.

Private medical company Invitro announced that it will begin testing for antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the second half of May. The test will cost from 950 to 3,500 rubles. (excluding the cost of taking biomaterial), depending on its type. Everyone can do it if they do not have symptoms of SARS.

Deputy Mayor of Moscow Anastasia Rakova on April 24 promised that all medical workers in Moscow will pass an express test for the presence of antibodies to coronavirus. She specified that testing will be conducted not only by those who work in contaminated hospitals redesigned for admission, but also doctors from other hospitals and clinics. “We will use two types of rapid tests that have been tested in city hospitals and showed good results,” Rakova said then.

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Wuhan P4, the Laboratory of Discord

It was to be a world reference center for science, an example of China’s commitment to international medicine and a further reason for national pride for this authoritarian superpower that proposes an alternative development model to the United States and, by extension, to the Western-style liberal democracies. But today is the center of all suspicions and the target of a virulent political dispute that threatens to cut short the rise of China and burst the globalized world through which we so happily moved until the coronavirus changed our lives.

By chance, because of fate or whatever, the pandemic broke out in Wuhan, where China has its most important virus research center. In the hills about 30 kilometers outside the city, the Wuhan Institute of Virology has a super laboratory with the world’s highest level of biosecurity (BSL-4) licensed to handle the most dangerous and deadly pathogens. Known as P4, they include Ebola and others like SARS (acute and severe respiratory syndrome), in which he specializes because he also arose in China and is ‘cousin’ to the new coronavirus, whose technical name is SARS CoV-2.

Among the gardens, and surrounded by a wire fence with security cameras every few meters, this laboratory is located in a modern building of 3,000 square meters and about five floors high connected in one of its corners to a circular tower with tinted windows. According to the France Presse agency, here is the largest virus bank in Asia, with 1,500 strains, and also another laboratory with a lower level of security (P3).

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With a maximum of four, these codes determine the control measures when dealing with the most contagious viruses, such as air and water filtration, the insulating suits that researchers must wear and the management of material or biological waste. with which they work, like the guinea pigs in their experiments.

Agreement with France

This laboratory is fruit of an agreement signed between China and France in 2004, after the SARS epidemic, to combat new infectious diseases. With a budget of 300 million yuan (39 million euros) and advice from the French Government and the bioindustrial firm Institut Merieux, it was completed in 2015, approved in 2016 and inaugurated in 2017 by the then French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

Operating since 2018, Wuhan P4 has collaborated, among others, with the International Center for Research and Infections (CIRI) of France and the Galveston National Laboratory in Texas, since the USA also participated in its financing. In addition, she had joint projects with the Canadian Microbiology Laboratory until two Chinese scientists, Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng, were expelled in July 2019 for a dark incident that, according to some media in that country, could be related to espionage. scientific or even disturbing sample theft.

Wuhan P4 Laboratory. A modern building of 3,000 square meters and about five floors high connected in one of its corners to a circular tower with tinted windows.
Wuhan P4 Laboratory. A modern building of 3,000 square meters and about five floors high connected in one of its corners to a circular tower with tinted windows.

With 37 research groups In disciplines such as epidemiology, molecular virology, immunology, and analytical microbiology for pathogens and agriculture and the environment, the Wuhan Institute specializes in bat coronaviruses. Her deputy director, the prestigious doctor Shi Zhengli, was the one who discovered that SARS, originated in 2002, came from bats in a cave in Yunnan province, whose coronavirus had mutated into civets that were eaten in a market in Canton (Guangdong) , from where it happened to the human being.

With this background and a 96% coincidence of the new coronavirus with that of bats, all eyes fell on the Huanan market in Wuhan, where wild species were also cooked, when this new epidemic broke out in China. The market was closed on January 1 and disinfected. But a study by Chinese researchers in ‘The Lancet’ already pointed out in January that the first coronavirus patient fell ill on December 1 and was unrelated to that market. And not only him, because of the first 41 cases, 13 had no ties to Huanan.

The ‘vaping crisis’

Soon conspiracy theories emerged that pointed to the P4 lab, which he has flatly denied them. Although the most prestigious international virologists, such as W. Ian Lipkin and the Spanish Luis Enjuanes, believe that the coronavirus is natural and has not emerged from a laboratory, two US media have recently delved into this idea. But not as the “perfect biological weapon” surprisingly foreshadowed by writer Dean Koontz in his novel ‘The Eyes of Darkness’, where a virus called Wuhan-400 is invented. No, suspicions now point to an accidental ‘leak’ from the laboratoryor.

This is suggested by a columnist for ‘The Washington Post’, Josh Rogin, who claims to have seen diplomatic cables from the US Embassy in China alerting in 2018 of the ‘Lack of security’ at Wuhan P4 after a visit by two of its experts. Such information has given Trump ammunition to demand explanations from China. But the Beijing regime denies this, and one of its most aggressive spokespersons, Zhao Lijiang, responds by fueling another bizarre conspiracy theory to the contrary. In his opinion, the coronavirus would have “escaped” from a US Army laboratory, which would have caused the “vaping deaths” last year, and not the electronic cigarettes, and his soldiers would have taken him to Wuhan during the Military Games held in October. Not even the prophetic Dean Koontz, the ‘literary father’ of the Wuhan-400, would have had so much imagination.

Two other risk centers near the suspicious Huanan market

In a very brief study published in Research Gate, and later deleted, a biologist and a doctor from Wuhan, Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao, warn that only 280 meters from the Huanan market is the city’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention , which has bats for study. And 12 kilometers from the market there is another laboratory, belonging to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which works with the bats that originated SARS in 2002.

Recalling the mishaps of scientists at these centers bitten by bats, who had to be quarantined because they knew the risks they were running, the study speculates that someone infected accidentally could get the disease out of there or with a flight of the animal or the virus itself. .

Although it is unlikely due to the security measures that these laboratories should have, it is not impossible. In 2004, the SARS virus ‘escaped’ from a laboratory in China and infected nine people, killing one. According to official press reports, authorities acknowledged that it was a case of negligence and five senior officials from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention were punished.

Following the outbreak in Wuhan, the regime has ordered tighter controls on the laboratories and is preparing a new biosafety law. Alongside Wuhan’s P4 laboratory, China has another in Harbin, in the north of the country, and wants to open five to seven more until 2025. In addition, Beijing has reinforced its control over the studies by Chinese scientists on the coronavirus, especially its origin. .

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FDA approves COVID-19 test to be done at home, while in Miami they test people without symptoms – Telemundo Miami (51)

The COVID-19 diagnostic center at Charles Hadley Park in Miami-Dade County now extends its capacity to asymptomatic adults over 65. Located at 1350 NW and 50th Street, those interested should call 305 – 960 – 5050 to request an appointment.

But if you can’t get out of the house, the
US Food and Drug Administration, FDA,
authorizes home coronavirus testing.

The test, created by the Corporation of
Laboratorios de America, (LabCorp), can be done by the patient himself and
consists of collecting a nasal sample, using the self-collection kit of
LabCorp. It contains the appropriate cotton swabs for this type of
exam. Once finished, the patient must send their sample in a package
isolated, to the LabCorp laboratory for later analysis.

FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said
that this new coronavirus test variant is as reliable and safe as
those currently practiced in diagnostic sites.

These kits will be available to the population in the coming weeks at a cost of $ 119. The first LabCorp Kits will be for healthcare personnel and for emergency personnel.

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The FDA approves a kit to take the COVID-19 test at home – Telemundo San Antonio (60)

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this Tuesday a test that allows the diagnosis of COVID-19 through the study of samples obtained by patients themselves from home, They must then send them to a laboratory for analysis.

This was announced by this federal organization in a statement published on its website, in which it explains that this PCR test – that is, that looks for fragments of genetic material of the pathogen – developed by Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) allows the study of samples Nasally collected by the patients themselves using a kit that has swabs and a saline solution.

Once patients collect the sample, they will have to send it in an isolated package to LabCorp, where it will be studied.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn stressed the safety and effectiveness of the new test: “We work with LabCorp to ensure that the data obtained from the collection of samples from patients at home is as safe and accurate as the collection of samples in a doctor’s office, hospital, or other testing site. “

On its website, Pixel, a company owned by LabCorp, announces that the general consumer will be able to access this test in the coming weeks, although at the moment it will only be available to healthcare personnel, although its price is $ 119 for everyone.

In its statement, the FDA stresses that patients should only use the cotton swabs provided by LabCorp in the package that makes up the test, as there is concern about the possible cross contamination that could cause the use of cotton swabs other than those supplied .

Also, remember that this authorization does not mean that all the SARS-CoV-2 tests that can be performed at home have been authorized or will be.

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