India, Sept. 20 -- The Indian Council of Medical Research is exploring saliva testing method for Covid-19 detection, but no firm has approached it yet, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said, addressing his weekly programme Sunday Samvaad. In this online programme, the minister answers questions of social media users.

In August, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the Yale School of Public Health emergency use authorisation for its 'Salivadirect' Covid-19 diagnostic test.

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"ICMR has validated saliva test. But no firm has approached ICMR in this regard," the minister said.

Saliva tests will be low-cost and peop...