Coronavirus test kit delay pushes hospitals to make their own
There are only 15,000 coronavirus test kits available in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which has authorized commercial labs to develop more tests. More than a million tests are expected to be produced by the end of the week.
The delay in CDC test kits isn’t stopping some states from unveiling their own testing procedures.
“We cannot have a system which is centralized in a few laboratories. Really, the front-line battle of the response to the new coronavirus will be done in the outpatient clinics and the hospitals,” said Dr. Albert Ko at the Yale School of Medicine
Private hospitals like NYU Langone in Manhattan are also making plans.
“I think the CDC was under-testing,” said Dr. Jennifer Lighter, who manages infection control at NYU Langone and expects the medical center’s own coronavirus test to be ready in about a month. “To …continued .
[Source: CBS News]