Less invasive and cheaper
Senator Richard Gordon said the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has started today, January 25, administering saliva tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). , after the government approved its use.
Gordon, PRC chairman, said the saliva test is less invasive and cheaper costing P2,000, half the price of a swab test.
“The Philippine Red Cross brings the RT-PCR saliva test to the country for the first time,” Gordon said in a statement.
The PNRC’s molecular laboratories in Port Area, Manila and Mandaluyong City could do up to 22,000 tests daily. The labs will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.