Israeli team arrives in India to jointly develop rapid testing for Covid-19

New Delhi (NVI): An Israeli delegation comprising of senior officials from the country’s Foreign Affairs and Health ministries arrived in India today to participate in developing rapid Covid-19 testing techniques that will be able to diagnose the virus in a few seconds.

This comes after the Israeli embassy in India said Thursday that it will be sending a team of scientists to India to jointly develop a rapid testing technology that will be able to detect Covid-19 in less than 30 seconds.

Israel’s ambassador to India Ron Malka shared a video message on Twitter after the special flight landed in New Delhi this morning.

“We bring on this flight researchers, some of our best scientists from the DRDO of Ministry of Defence of Israel, accompanied by experts from our ministry of health that would come to cooperate and search together with our Indian counterparts,” Malka said in the video message.

Earlier, Israel’s Ministry of Defence tweeted that the special Israir flight has left for India from Tel Aviv airport.

“Our delegation with the MFA and Ministry of Health took off from Israel and is making its way to India!Once there, the delegation will test 4 promising corona diagnosis solutions together with our Indian partners and counterparts,” it said in a tweet.

The Israel embassy had said that its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Health will lead an “unprecedented anti-Covid-19 cooperation operation” between the two countries.

“A special planned flight from Tel Aviv to New Delhi is set to carry a high ranking @Israel_MOD R&D team which has been working with India’s chief scientist @kvijayraghavan and @DRDO_India to develop rapid testing for #COVID_19 in under 30 seconds,” the Israeli embassy had said in a tweet last week.

The embassy had also acknowledged that the past few years have cemented the strategic relations between India and Israel and have included two historical visits of the Prime Ministers in Israel and in India.

-ARK