Shimadzu to use saliva for coronavirus testing

Linda J. Dodson

KYOTO — Japanese precision instrument maker Shimadzu will add salvia to the sample of PCR reagents to test for the new coronavirus, after the company confirmed it is as accurate as conventional methods. Japan’s Ministry of Health plans to allow tests using salvia this month. The non-invasive procedure is simple and […]

Japan’s coronavirus testing behind the curve, Abe admits

Linda J. Dodson

TOKYO — Japan’s coronavirus testing has been insufficient by international standards as the nation lacked the capacity to respond to a new epidemic outbreak, the government conceded Monday, recognizing a serious roadblock to reopening the economy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that “personnel-related bottlenecks” have hindered broader use of polymerase chain reaction, or […]