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Coronavirus pandemic | Now book a COVID-19 test online via Practo for Rs 4,500

Patients with a valid doctor’s prescription and a requisition form filled and signed by the doctor will be allowed to opt for the test.

March 31, 2020 / 07:51 PM IST

Practo, a digital healthcare platform, has now made COVID-19 tests available online for Rs 4,500. The online healthcare chain has tied up with private lab chain Thyrocare to make the service available.

The Bengaluru-based startup had earlier said in a statement that the tests were already available in Mumbai and Pune, and would soon be extended to other cities. The two have been authorised by the government and the Indian Council of Medical Research.

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Their personnel will collect the samples from the patients' homes directly and the test result will be made available on the Practo website within 48 hours. Trained lab technicians wearing a single-use bio-hazard suit will be sent to collect sample, Practo said on its website.

Practo explained that patients with a valid doctor’s prescription and a requisition form filled and signed by the doctor will be allowed to opt for the test. To make a booking for home pickup, a valid photo ID card is required.

COVID-19 Vaccine

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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Mar 31, 2020 07:39 pm