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Recently, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune, has developed an indigenous ‘Nasopharyngeal Swabs’.
About Nasopharyngeal Swabs
- It is developed for collecting samples from the throat cavity of COVID-19 patients.
- It is a medical device with stringent specifications of quality, polymer grade, dimensions and sterilization.
- It consists of a cylindrical plastic stick with a brush-like tip of synthetic bristles/flocks.
- The specifications included medical-grade materials that must be used for manufacture, the swab design and the packaging and sterilization protocols.