FDA authorizes coronavirus test that could drastically speed up screening
The Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorization for a new coronavirus test that will speed up screening for the deadly bug by tenfold, the Swiss diagnostics maker Roche said Friday.
The new tests can provide results in 3.5 hours and can produce up to 4,128 results each day — a boost to tests the manufacturer has offered until now, the company said.
“We are increasing the speed definitely by a factor of 10,” Thomas Schinecker, head of the drugmaker’s diagnostics unit, told Bloomberg.
The “emergency use authorization” provided by the FDA clears the tests to be deployed in the U.S. and markets accepting the CE marking, which shows they conform to European standards.
The company said it is “going to the limits of our production capacity” to deliver as many of the faster tests as possible.
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