Reliance Industries Limited has sought special permission to fly an Israeli team of experts to India to train and install a rapid COVID-19 identification solution it acquired from an Israeli start-up for USD 15 million. The delegation from Breath of Health (BOH) has already received an emergency approval at Reliance’s request given the spike in coronavirus related cases in India and will be flying out soon, company sources told PTI.
Israel has put a temporary ban on its citizens from flying to seven countries, including India, which have seen a surge in coronavirus cases. The experts from the Israeli medical technology company will guide Reliance’s team in India in operating the innovative system developed by it to identify coronavirus carriers and patients in the early stages of the disease by exhalation. The results will be available within seconds. Reliance Group signed a USD 15 million deal in January with BOH to distribute the firm’s swift COVID-19 breath testing system. According to the agreement, the Indian corporate giant will purchase hundreds of systems from the Israeli company in a deal valued at USD 15 million and will use them to conduct millions of tests a month at a cost of USD 10 million per month. BOH is said to have developed the breath test system that identifies COVID-19 at a success rate of over 95 per cent.