MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia welcomes the latest approval of saliva testing for COVID-19, a constructive improvement in direction of stimulating air journey demand.
On Monday, 25 January 2021, the Division of Well being (DOH) authorized the RT-PCR Saliva testing for COVID-19 after the profitable pilot testing performed by the Philippine Crimson Cross (PRC) yielded 98.11% accuracy.
RT-PCR Saliva testing generates sooner outcomes inside three to 4 hours after samples have been collected. Additionally it is cheaper at P1,500-P2,000 in comparison with the RT-PCR swab take a look at, which ranges from P3,500-5,000.
Earlier than this, solely PRC laboratories are allowed to conduct the saliva take a look at, pending the parallel validation take a look at being performed by the Analysis Institute for Tropical Medication (RITM).
AirAsia Philippines Spokesperson Steve Dailisan mentioned, “This can undoubtedly positively improve the urge for food of air vacationers, particularly for AirAsia leisure locations comparable to Boracay and Bohol that require RT-PCR take a look at. Saliva RT-PCR take a look at shouldn’t be solely cheaper but in addition non-invasive and fewer stringent.
“Whereas ready for the vaccine, you may be assured that AirAsia will proceed to search out methods to supply cheaper options, to reduce the monetary burden of the flying public in fulfilling the necessities for air journey,” he added.
AirAsia’s accomplice diagnostic laboratory, Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADLab), is now within the strategy of securing a proper endorsement from DOH to facilitate the saliva take a look at very quickly.
Friends will get pleasure from discounted charges from AirAsia’s accomplice laboratories after they avail of their companies through airasia.com.
AirAsia lately earned an ideal 7-star ranking from Airlineratings.com for going above and past the safety of its passengers in opposition to COVID-19.
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