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Clinical Evaluation Of The PANBIO COVID-19 AG Antigen Test Study Overview

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Since the time it was identified in December 2019, COVID-19 has spread throughout the world and caused over 1 million deaths. The South African government have implemented several ways to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing and limiting the gathering of large groups. Another essential way to control COVID-19 is to increase testing, so people with COVID-19 can be isolated and prevent a further spread. We are assisting the government efforts to control COVID-19 by offering screening and testing for suspected cases in communities across the country.

What is the purpose of the study?

  • To evaluate the accuracy of the rapid PANBIO COVID-19 AG Antigen test.
  • To screen for COVID-19 infections in the South African setting. This study will also evaluate how easy it is to use Antigen tests.

What does the study involve?

  • Completing a brief questionnaire
  • A nasal and 2 nasopharyngeal swabs.

What are the benefits of the study?

  • Pay R690 for a COVID-19 PCR test and get a Free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test (SAPHRA approved)
    • Normally this combo deal is R1240!
  • Fast PCR test results in 24hrs
  • Free Antigen and PCR test result certificates

Who is eligible to be enrolled in this study?

  • People with COVID-19 symptoms within the last 7 days.
  • 18 years and older
  • Willing to sign a consent.

Who is implementing the study?

Epicentre is conducting the study in partnership with the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation, the University of Witwatersrand, Wits Health Consortium and the National Health Laboratory Service.

Location and Duration of the study

You can participate in this study by visiting any of our testing sites.




The study will conclude once the study target has been met.

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Our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Explained

What is a ‘Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test’?

Antigen tests, like the name suggests, test for antigens. An COVID-19 Antigen test basically looks for fragments of COVID-19 antigens within a person’s body to see if they’re infected with the virus.

“An antigen is a substance recognized by the body’s immune system, which can [then] respond by generating proteins called antibodies that specifically recognize that antigen,” Albert Shaw, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease doctor and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine

That basically means, “the point of an antigen test is to detect the presence of a protein—the nucleocapsid protein—which is part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is the cause of COVID-19.” [Dr Shaw].