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.
Shares of Abbott Laboratories dipped in trading following reports of a new study showing that the company’s approved COVID-19 testing kits have fallen short in accurately detecting the novel coronavirus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the regulatory agency would require antibody tests for the new coronavirus to undergo an agency review, reversing an earlier policy that had allowed fraudulent products to be marketed.
World leaders pledged to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe, but the United States did not take part in the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized at-home sample collection for LabCorp’s COVID-19 diagnostic kit, allowing patients to send in their nasal swab samples to the company’s labs for diagnosis.
Origin, a 3D printing specialist for medical devices, completed clinical trials and validation of the company’s 3D-printed nasopharyngeal swabs for use in COVID-19 test kits.
As the number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase across the globe and more and more governments are urging citizens to self-quarantine, the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry continues to work toward the development of a vaccine and therapies for the respiratory infection that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a manufacturing defect in some initial coronavirus test kits that prompted some states to seek emergency approval to use their own test kits.