Panbio Antigen Test Performance on the New Covid-19 Strain
Abbott is routinely scanning the sequence databases for mutations that might affect ID NOW COVID-19 and Panbio COVID-19 Ag Test performance. ID NOW COVID-19 detects the RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) gene rather than the gene for the spike protein. As described above, this newly described variant harbors amino acid mutations in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2. The detection region in the ID NOW COVID-19 assay is located in the RdRp gene, so it will be unaffected by any mutations outside of that region/gene. The Panbio COVID-19 Ag Test detects the nucleocapsid protein rather than the spike protein and therefore is not expected to be affected by a mutation in the spike protein.