The Defence Research and Development Organisation has come up with a much-needed solution to facilitate rapid tests to detect Corona Virus.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated its Mobile Viral Research Lab (MVRL) through videoconference on Thursday to speed up COVID-19 screening and related R&D activities.
Developed by the DRDO in association with ESIC Hospital, Hyderabad and private players, the mobile lab will assist in carrying out COVID-19 diagnosis.
It will also help in virus culturing for drug screening, convalescent plasma-derived therapy, comprehensive immune profiling of COVID-19 patients for vaccine development and early clinical trials specific to the Indian population.
The lab will screen 1000 to 2000 samples per day. It can be positioned anywhere in the country.
Rajnath Singh said Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several timely decisions to limit the spread of COVID-19, which is far less compared to many other countries.
He also appreciated setting up of the Bio-Safety Level 2 and Level 3 labs in a record time of 15 days against the normal duration of six months.
Rajnath Singh said with a testing capacity of o=ver 1,000 samples a day, the facility will enhance India’s capabilities in fighting COVID19.
The Mobile Viral Research Lab is a combination of BSL 3 and BSL 2 labs. These labs are built as per WHO and ICMR bio-safety standards and international guidelines. The viral research lab has built-in electrical controls, LAN, Telephone cabling, and CCTV.
Praising the role of the Armed Forces in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, Rajnath Singh said our personnel are rendering an invaluable service in many ways, from setting up quarantine centres to providing healthcare facilities and evacuating Indian Nationals from other countries.