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毕丹星表示:“国人须团结一致”

Jul 13, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
7月12日,新加坡工人党秘书长毕丹星表示,新加坡人必须团结起来,带领国家走出当前“动荡的局势”。

即将受委为国会反对党领袖的毕丹星表示,反对党将与执政的人民行动党和其他反对党合作,以确保“为新加坡和新加坡人带来好结果”。

毕丹星还表示:“某些行业的情况并不乐观……有些人被裁员,他们需要获得援助。”

在被问及工人党的表现和竞选进展时,毕丹星冷静地表示,因为他刚刚完全接管工人党不久,工人党会将国家置于比党更重要的位置。

毕丹星保证,工人党将在2020年大选后进行一段时间的“自我反省”。

毕丹星是在回应内政部长兼律政部长尚穆根的有关言论时说出这番话的。尚穆根当时说,这将是人民行动党进行自我反省和反思的时候。这位工人党领导人说,执政的人民行动党仍然是一个强大的对手。

当被问及新加坡反对党是否在大选中取得了一定进展时,毕丹星谨慎地做出了回应。

毕丹星说:“之前,新加坡人一直都在人民行动党的领导之下生活,他们知道人民行动党的力量有多强大。”

当被问及他在担任秘书长后在这么短时间内就成功地拿下了一个集选区,而他的前任刘程强却花了十年时间时,毕丹星表示,工人党的强劲表现部分归功于他的前任和党内所有人的辛勤付出和耕耘,这是集体努力的成果。

毕丹星高度赞扬了工人党的领导层,他说,刘程强和林瑞莲“在工人党中创建了这种理性、负责任的反对派文化”。

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.