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National COVID-19 task force launches second testing machine

Dyaning Pangestika
Dyaning Pangestika

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 17, 2020  /  05:06 pm
National COVID-19 task force launches second testing machine

The COBAS 6800 FMS is the second COVID-19 detection machine to be developed in Indonesia. It was was launched on Thursday at the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Salemba, Central Jakarta. (Eijkman Institute/File)

The national COVID-19 task force launched a new swab testing machine on Thursday.

Called the COBAS 6800 Fully Automated Molecular System (FMS), the machine is capable of processing 1,000 samples per day. 

The COBAS 6800 FMS is the second COVID-19 detection machine developed in Indonesia. It uses nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

During a launch event at the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Salemba, Central Jakarta, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said he hoped the machine would be able to increase COVID-19 testing in Indonesia. 

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“We are so proud of the Eijkman Institute for making an innovation today with the COBAS 6800 FMS machine,” Bambang said.

Eijkman Institute chairman Amin Soebandrio said the machine operated automatically and did not require human intervention. 

“The machine is fully automatic, which means it's controlled and guaranteed to produce high-quality results faster. That’s why we are capable of testing 1,000 samples every day,” Amin said. 

Separately, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief inspector Tetty Saragih expressed his support for the new machine. 

“We are really proud of the machine,” Tetty said. 

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