As the SARS-CoV-2 is continuously mutating and multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants are circulating globally, Siemens Healthineers has an active surveillance program in place. We continue to monitor the literature and the GISAID database to assess for new variants with the potential to affect the performance of the FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay1 and FTD SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB/HRSV Assay6.
This update is based on in silico analysis of 11,428,775 complete sequences for the ORF1ab target and 11,418,035 complete sequences for the N gene target of SARS-CoV-2 from the GISAID database as of 17 July 2022 (www.gisaid.org). In addition, all available sequences for Omicron subvariants, including BF.1, BA.4.6, BA.2.3.20 and XBB, were downloaded from the GISAID database as of 13 October 2022.
Variants list and country of origin regarding SARS-CoV-2
Circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants and clades* detected by the FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay and FTD SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB/HRSV Assay
Relationship to circulating
Country/ region of first origin
Variants of Concern (VOCs)*
B.1.1.529 + BA**
VOC subvariants under monitoring***
United States of America
* The full list of previous SARS-CoV-2 variants which are no longer classified as VOC, VOI or VUM by the WHO is available on the WHO website (see https://www.who.int/en/activities/tracking-SARS-CoV-2-variants/).
Variant Testing Workflow
Omicron Positive Identification Reflex Testing Workflow
Eluates of positive SARS-CoV-2 samples are reflex-tested with Diagnovital L452R (RUO)4 and Diagnovital K417N (RUO)4 assays to help discriminate between Delta variant and Omicron variant suspected samples.
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Collaboration with A1 Life Sciences to Track Variants
Now offering A1 Life Sciences' Diagnovital kits
Diagnovital kits are designed to detect and identify SARS-CoV-2 mutations and variants. The portfolio of A1 Life Sciences‘ Diagnovital kits will complement the FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay, which is intended for the initial diagnosis of the infection. A1 Life Sciences’ Diagnovital portfolio, as distributed by Siemens Healthineers, will be offered for Research Use Only around the world.
SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Profiling
Real-time PCR SARS-CoV-2 assays
The FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay and FTD SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB/HRSV Assay have been confirmed to detect the main variants and clades of SARS-CoV-2 that are currently circulating with a 100% detection rate.
Siemens Material Number
FTD SARS-CoV-2/FluA/FluB/HRSV Assay - CE-IVD (48 reactions)
FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay - CE-IVD (96 reactions)5
FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay EUA1 (96 reactions)5