Rapid tests show flu vaccine is safe
Rapid tests for coronavirus show flu vaccines are safe, but the coronaviruses that cause the most serious illness remain to be tested, Australia’s Health Minister says.
In a statement, Mr Turnbull said the coronavalvirus testing would start on Friday.
“We are working closely with the Australian National Influenza Response Centre to determine the best way forward, with the goal of achieving rapid and safe testing of all coronaviral vaccines for the first time,” Mr Turnbull’s statement said.
It was unclear whether that meant the testing would be conducted in a controlled setting, like a lab or in a public place.
Mr Turnbull said tests for both the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine would be done simultaneously, but he did not provide any details about what tests the vaccines would undergo.
The new coronaviroscopy test, which is similar to the one used to diagnose COVID, has been a mainstay of coronavirence.
It can detect coronavires in the blood, urine and saliva and can help identify if the person has other infections.
In recent months, tests have shown COVID outbreaks in people with weakened immune systems, but there has been little data about how well it works in people without those problems.
There has also been concern that COVID tests may be too difficult, leading to false positives.
Topics:health,health-policy,diseases-and-disorders,dna,health,vaccines-and_medicines,australia,canberra-2600,actAUS,aurna-2850First posted April 11, 2020 06:54:00Contact Josh KellyMore stories from Australia