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Starting off subsequent 7 days, Air New Zealand staff members who are currently undertaking normal surveillance testing under the Ministry of Overall health screening buy will be invited to participate in the review.

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The reason of this analyze is to see if a saliva sample is an precise, uncomplicated and suitable process of detecting COVID-19 compared to the recent nasopharyngeal swab take a look at. The analyze has not too long ago been provided the go forward by the Ministry of Wellbeing National Well being and Disability Ethics Committee.

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Air New Zealand Main Medical Officer Dr Ben Johnston says the airline is keen to examine how to make the tests procedure as very simple, easy and relaxed as feasible for its crew, pilots and airport team who are tested on a typical foundation.

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“It’s terrific to staff up with ESR on this demo to see if a speedier and a lot more non-invasive choice is offered as it’s probable surveillance screening for COVID-19 will be needed for some time into the foreseeable future.”

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“This research will bring us a person phase closer to wanting at the efficiency of saliva testing, which would enormously improve the experience for our persons who are committed to maintaining New Zealanders secure.”

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ESR Chief Scientist Dr Brett Cowan claims Air New Zealand is an perfect lover to examination the science of saliva tests.

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“Air New Zealand is signing up for us on this scientific exploration for the gain of all New Zealanders, so that we may perhaps unpack how this tool can or can’t be utilised in our distinctive situation and context. This research will go a lengthy way to deciding if saliva screening can be added to New Zealand’s toolbox as we appear to fortify our protection towards COVID-19.”

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The examine will run above two to three months and will acquire position together with the present nasopharyngeal swab. ESR will compare the precision of the two the saliva and regular nasopharyngeal in their laboratories.

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Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.

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Twitter: @AirNZMedia

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About Star Alliance

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The Star Alliance community was set up in 1997 as the to start with certainly worldwide airline alliance to supply throughout the world reach, recognition and seamless services to the global traveller. Its acceptance by the market place has been recognised by various awards, including the Air Transportation World Market Leadership Award and Ideal Airline Alliance by both equally Company Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airways are: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airways, Copa Airways, Croatia Airways, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airways, EVA Air, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airways, Shenzhen Airways, Singapore Airways, South African Airways, SWISS, Faucet Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. All round, the Star Alliance community now delivers more than 19,000 day-to-day flights to far more than 1,250 airports in 195 nations around the world. Additional connecting flights are provided by Star Alliance Connecting Associate, Juneyao Airways.

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