Detection of SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86 by lateral flow devices

Abbie Bown*, Angela Sweed, Matthew Catton, Joshua Nelthorpe-Cowne, Hermione Conti-Frith, Ruth Elderfield, Jacob Terrey, Hamsa Abib, Caleb Lui, Ella Fisher, Kevin R. Bewley, Naomi S. Coombes, Donna Robinson, Somya Agrawal, Bassam Hallis, Edward Blandford, Tom Fowler, Deborah A. Williamson, Richard Vipond

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We evaluated the performance of 12 lateral flow devices by assessing their analytical sensitivity for SARS-CoV-2 variant BA.2.86. Kits from ACON, Orient Gene, Xiamen Biotime, Getein, and SureScreen detected variant BA.2.86 to sufficient sensitivity levels, comparable to those observed with previous Omicron variants. The stocks of lateral flow devices currently held by the UK government do not currently need changing for deployment for this variant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-170
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

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  • BA.2.86
  • LFD
  • SARS-COV-2
  • lateral flow device


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