Instant Covid scanner set for manufacture in Mexico
Mexican scientist who is part of an international team developing the Covid Hunter technology negotiated an agreement to begin production in Mexico.
Prototype Covid Hunter scanner identifies evidence of Covid-19 protein in test.
Patrick O’Heffernan, Ajijic. The American medical equipment firm, Advanced Medical Solutions International (AMSI) has announced a breakthrough technology that enables a hand scanner to instantly reveal the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on skin or surfaces. Tests have found it to be 99% effective, according to the company.
Mexican immunology specialist Dr. Alejandro Díaz Villalobos, who was on the research team that developed the Covid Hunter technology, told Forbes Magazine that an agreement has been signed with the company designating Mexico as the first site for the manufacture and distribution of Covid Hunter. Donald Redman, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of AMSI, has said that eventually it will be manufactured in several other regions including Southeast Asia and the Middle East for worldwide distribution.
However, the initial production appears to be set for Mexico, thanks to the work of Villalobos and a critical mass of manufacturing capability in the country.
«It took a great deal of work for us (the Jordan-based research team and AMSI) to agree to make Mexico the country of manufacture,» he said, noting that the final location has yet to be determined. The state of Chihuahua is favored due to its high concentration of global medical device manufacturing firms. Currently, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, is home to 34 medical device companies some of which are now in talks regarding Covid Hunter. Villalobos hopes production can begin in three weeks.
Covid Hunter is a “non-invasive, non-contact, immediate and portable virus detector, specially designed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes covid-19 disease, demonstrating 99% effectiveness and with sensitivity within 0 to 2 meters on surfaces, through glass or transparent material, and inside the human body” reads a AMSI report.
Prototypes of the device look like an ordinary hand-held laser scanner. It emits a beam of infrared light that the device’s software analyzes in real time based on how it is refracted by the presence of the protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – evidence of the presence of coronavirus . When the scanner identifies this protein, it sounds an alert. It can be programmed for different variants of Covid-19.
The device promises to become a major weapon in the battle against Covid-19 but first must be approved by health authorities including the FDA in the United States and Cofepris in Mexico . No price has been set yet for the Covid Hunter, but AMSI officials have said it should be in-line with other infrared scanners.