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Delta variant: New testing chemical developed in Japan

Shimadzu offers reagents to detect coronavirus mutations

A medical worker simulates a PCR swab at a Narita Airport testing center near Tokyo.   © Reuters

KYOTO -- Japan's Shimadzu has started selling a PCR testing reagent to detect the coronavirus's highly contagious delta variant, which has driven a resurgence in COVID-19 cases around the world.

The company plans to produce enough for 10,000 tests a month. The reagent is for research use only and will not be covered by insurance. It detects the L452R mutation found in delta, which was first reported in India.

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