Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)–A laboratory chemicals unit of Japan’s Fujifilm Corp. said Thursday that it has launched a reagent kit to detect a novel coronavirus variant spreading in India.
The kit, which detects the E484Q mutation, takes some 100 minutes to produce test results.
Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical Corp., based in the western city of Osaka, already sells a reagent kit for another Indian variant, which has the L452R mutation. The two kits can be used together to detect both variants.
The price of the new kit is 80,000 yen before tax per 100 tests. The product will be sold to administrative and other organizations.
Domestic rival Takara Bio Inc. <4974> has started the shipment of a reagent kit to detect variants with the L452R mutation.
Precision equipment maker Shimadzu Corp. <7701> aims to make a similar product available by the end of June.
The government is strengthening border control measures to prevent the spread of Indian variants, believed to be highly contagious, in Japan.