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Helsinki Airport set to deploy COVID-19 sniffer dogs

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The pilot project is scheduled to commence later this week.

The whole procedure would take about a minute. If the test result is positive, the passenger would be directed to the health information point for further instructions.

Participation in dog-assisted COVID-19 testing is currently voluntary. All passengers and airport staff can apply for testing, which is effortless and painless, Wise Nose told Xinhua.

The trained dogs had previously been employed to identify different types of cancer, said the university.

pilot project is scheduled to commence later this week.

The whole procedure would take about a minute. If the test result is positive, the passenger would be directed to the health information point for further instructions.

Participation in dog-assisted COVID-19 testing is currently voluntary. All passengers and airport staff can apply for testing, which is effortless and painless, Wise Nose told Xinhua.

The trained dogs had previously been employed to identify different types of cancer, said the university.

The trial at Helsinki Airport will last four months. Timo Aronkyto, deputy mayor of Vantaa, told the press that the dogs will definitely begin their “official activities” once the trial is deemed to be successful.

Employing dogs to identify COVID-19 is also of interest elsewhere in the world, noted Aronkyto, saying that they have received numerous inquiries from health authorities of various airports.

As the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across the globe — including UK, Germany, China, Russia, France and the U.S. — are racing to find a vaccine. According to the website of the World Health Organization