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New Coronavirus Test Is Approved by FDA

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Published on March 13, 2020 - Duration: 00:57s

New Coronavirus Test Is Approved by FDA

New Coronavirus Test Is Approved by FDA The new test is ten times faster than previous tests.

In order to approve the new procedure, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted β€œemergency use authorization.” The test runs on the cobra 6800 and 8800 systems created by Roche Holding AG.

The 6800 can test 1,440 people daily.

The 8800 can test 4,128.

Testing procedures in both the U.S. and in Europe have been highly criticized for how slow they have been conducted.

Health officials believe the rates of coronavirus are likely much higher than the current numbers on both continents.

Testing for Covid-19 is central to halting the virus, because those who test positive can then be quarantined and treated.

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