THREAD: @philredcross holds a media briefing after pilot testing saliva RT-PCR tests | LIVE

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PH Red Cross chairman Sen. Richard Gordon says saliva tests are a game-changer as they are less invasive
Sen. Gordon lauds PH Red Cross personnel for their dedication
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says only 1 ml of saliva is needed for the test, and it would cost about ₱2,000
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says he is working on bringing the cost lower
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: Mas mura, mas mabilis, at hindi na kailangan ng PPE. Pwede kayong puntahan sa bahay... good for senior citizens na takot lumabas sa bahay
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: A parallel test will be done, ico-compare, at doon natin malalaman
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says they will work towards getting COVID-19 vaccines as well, so they could help the public
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: We are not in the business of making money. We turn the money around to buy more supplies
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: We really hope that more testing will be done for the people
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says they are working at other projects, among them is establishing more blood banks
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: I am happy to work as a volunteer here... We work for as long as it is necessary
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon shows media the vial which would contain the sample of saliva used for testing
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon demonstrates how saliva will be collected from each person for the test
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says he sees people preferring the saliva test as it is quicker, less expensive, and non-invasive
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: We're not going to test it until we follow the procedure, follow the law and the DOH says go ahead. Walang mauuna
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says he was told the by the FDA that no certification is needed: But we will still comply. We will follow the law
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says the sample is available for 7 days and there is no need for cold chain: So easy, so convenient. I'm not saying this is the panacea, but it will make things more comfortable
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says they still need FDA certification and this will be done within the week
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon says swab testing of OFWs cannot be done away with
PH Red Cross says concordance rate between the saliva test and swab test is 95%
PH Red Cross says they are not yet allowed to do the saliva tests at airports because there is still no approval from the FDA
PH Red Cross says once they are given approval by the FDA, they can include airports in the pilot test
PH Red Cross says there is enough supply of the saliva test kits
PH Red Cross: Once approved, the saliva test can substitute for the swab test
PH Red Cross Chair Sen. Gordon: Yung mga nandito na gustong magpatest, pwede.

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