The U.S. health regulator granted emergency use authorization for Abbott Laboratories’ molecular test to detect and distinguish the coronavirus and two types of flu viruses with a single test.
A molecular test from Becton Dickinson that detects viruses that cause Covid-19 as well as influenza and produces result in 2-3 hours was given emergency use authorization by the U.S. health regulator.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the first over-the-counter Covid-19 antigen test, which can be used at home.
Swiss drugmaker Roche plans to boost rapid Covid-19 antigen test production to hundreds of millions monthly – including possible saliva tests – Chief Executive Severin Schwan said, acknowledging the fierceness of the pandemic’s second wave took him by surprise.
South Korea’s Celltrion Inc. received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the rapid Covid-19 testing kit Sampinute, which boosted shares of the company and its affiliates.
Global airlines called for airport Covid-19 tests for all departing international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump.
Walmart Inc. said the company would run a pilot project to deliver self-collection test kits for coronavirus through automated drones at customers’ doorsteps.
Silicon Valley medical equipment startup Visby Medical received Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a portable PCR Covid-19 test kit, the first company to do so, according to the FDA.
U.S. manufacturers are sharply increasing production of cheap, fast – but less accurate – Covid-19 tests, aiming for 100 million per month by year-end 2020 that will enable schools and workplaces to significantly expand testing.
A Covid-19 vaccine could be broadly rolled out in the United States by the middle of 2021 or a little later, the head of the federal government’s disease control agency said.