On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a coronavirus test that will be able to detect the Chinese virus within 45 minutes.
“We have developed a test that provides reference lab-quality results in multiple settings where actionable treatment information is needed quickly,” Dr. David Persing, Chief Medical and Technology Officer at Cepheid, said in a statement.
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
The FDA approved the test, created by Cepheid, a California-based medical device company, through Emergency Use Authorization, a process the helps circumvent the lengthy approval process for drugs, medical supplies and diagnostic measures.
Cepheid said that its “point-of-care” test is compatible with 23,000 automated systems it has in hospitals around the world. Five thousand of those are in the United States, the company said in a statement.
“Our automated systems do not require users to have specialty training to perform testing — they are capable of running 24/7, with many systems already doing so today.”
According to the Cepheid statement, these tests will begin shipping as early as this week.
This is HUGE!
Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb called this approval a “key milestone” in the fight against the Chinese Virus:
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