Rapid virus testing in Russian airport

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One of the key solutions being employed at airports across the world to address Covid-19 is in-airport testing services. The latest to roll out a scheme is Russia’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, which has announced the launch of an express-testing service for coronavirus, catering for both arriving and departing passengers.

The airport said it is a pilot project for Russia’s wider transportation industry, and said that the tests are reliable and produce results in 60 minutes, which will help facilitate the recommencement of regular international travel from the Moscow airport. Sheremetyevo International said that the diagnostic system, created with support from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), is one of the fastest and most accurate in the world, and is adapted for use in both fixed and unique mobile mini-laboratories (the portable system fits in two small suitcases).

The airport highlighted that the test systems are already used for preventive screening at large businesses in Russia and to ensure safety at major events – the leaders and members of official delegations who arrived in Russia for the Victory Parade on June 24 were tested for coronavirus using the systems.

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