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Part of: Prelims and GS-II Health and GS-III Sci and Tech

Context The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a testing kit for detecting the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.

  • The kit is manufactured by Tata Medical and Diagnostics and is named OmiSure.
  • The kit will be used to confirm Omicron in patients with its S-Gene Target Failure (SGTF) strategy.

What is the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

  • ICMR, New Delhi is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research. 
  • Ministry: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. 
  • It is funded by the Government of India 
  • The Governing Body of ICMR is presided over by the Union Health Minister.

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