A CDC lab contamination massively delayed the production of coronavirus test kits, report says
- An investigation by the Washington Post found that cross-contamination in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention central laboratory caused a month-long delay in the production and distribution of test kits for the novel coronavirus.
- Issues with the tests first emerged in late January when the CDC sent an initial batch to 26 public health labs across the country, 24 of which found false-positive results, the Post reported.
- States have struggled to weigh the next steps in coronavirus response measures without tests amid more than two months of a nationwide delay.
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Contamination in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention central laboratory complex in Atlanta caused a massive delay in the production of a test kit for the novel coronavirus, according to an investigation by the Washington Post.
The Post reported that CDC facilities charged with assembling the kits “violated sound manufacturing practices, resulting in contamination of one of the three test components used in the highly sensitive detection process,” citing scientists with knowledge of the matter and conclusions by federal regulators.
Issues with the tests first emerged in late January, according to the Post, when the CDC sent an initial …continued .
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