Government trials new ‘no-swab’ saliva test for coronavirus

Government officials said the Department for Health was currently exploring the potential of other no-swab saliva based coronavirus tests with companies including Chronomics, Avacta, MAP Science and Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI).   “We are also working with a number of suppliers… to develop bespoke saliva collection kits and scale up manufacturing for products that can be used with existing tests,” a spokesperson added.  Keith Godfrey, professor of medicine at University of Southampton, said: “The health, social and economic impacts of lockdown cannot be underestimated.