US Lab Unveils Portable 5-Minute Coronavirus Test

US Lab Unveils Portable 5-Minute Coronavirus Test

Abbott will be making ID NOW COVID-19 tests available next week to healthcare providers in urgent care settings in the US, where the majority of ID NOW instruments are in use today.

The good news for availability of this test is that ID NOW, the hardware from Abbott that it runs on, already "holds the largest molecular point-of-care footprint in the US", and is "widely available" across doctor's offices, urgent care clinics, emergency rooms and other medical facilities.

The U.S. now has the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world-surpassing 100,000.

"This is a significant leap forward", John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott, told Reuters on Friday. "You can walk into a clinic and literally get results while you are there".

The platform used to run the test weighs less than 7 pounds, according to Abbott, and could be deployed "where testing is needed most".

There's a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab.

Abbott received approval last week for a high volume, an automated diagnostic test that can be used in laboratories and said at the time it would immediately distribute 150,000 of the tests around the country.

Abbott will be able to provide 50,000 tests by April 1 and will be able to provide 1 million per month of this test, Moore said.

The company says the test has not been cleared or approved by the FDA, and has only been authorised for emergency use by approved labs and healthcare providers.

The FDA has been rushing to approve tests for the coronavirus on an emergency basis and has approved others made by companies including Roche Holding AG and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Testing is key to contain the spread of the Covid-19 infection. So far, nearly 6 lakh cases worldwide and more than 27, 000 deaths have been reported worldwide.



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