Follow us for updates
© 2020
Read the Story →

Saliva Test for COVID-19 Gets Trialed at Philippine Red Cross

It's cheaper and faster.
by Clara Rosales and Jerome Ascano
Jan 12, 2021
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

The Philippine Red Cross on Tuesday piloted COVID-19 testing based on saliva, which is faster and cheaper compared to the gold standard RT-PCR.

Since it requires just saliva, this form of testing eliminates the discomfort of having a long cotton swab inserted into a person's throat or nostrils. The PRC said it sought approval from the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration for saliva-based testing in October 2020.


Your Guide to COVID-19 Testing: Who Needs Which Type of Test?

Where is the Nearest Red Cross COVID Testing Site?

Antigen Testing Cleared for Local Air Travel, Tourism

A saliva specimen is stable at room temperature and does not require cold chain transport, cutting logistics costs.

"We are expanding our testing services with a more affordable testing which is faster and less invasive. Our proposal is based on sound studies conducted and approved in other countries. These results as well as findings on tests conducted locally by PRC were presented to the DOH and the FDA," PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon said.

Continue reading below ↓

Here are scenes from the Philippine Red Cross' pilot trial for the saliva test:

Jerome Ascaño
Jerome Ascaño
Continue reading below ↓
Jerome Ascaño
Jerome Ascaño
Continue reading below ↓
Jerome Ascaño
Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.