Unquestionably good news: virus testing is becoming more available.
Medical research companies, reports James Freeman in the WSJ, are finding ways to confront cornonavirus head-on.
Denise Roland and Peter Loftus report in the Journal:
A new, high-speed coronavirus test has been granted emergency clearance by the Food and Drug Administration, the latest effort to expand capacity to diagnose the fast-spreading pathogen.
The test was developed by diagnostics giant Roche Holding and is designed to run on the company’s automated machines, which are already installed in more than 100 laboratories across the U.S. It will be available immediately.
It is only the third coronavirus diagnostic to receive emergency-use authorization from the FDA, following a test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one from the New York State Department of Health.
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An “emergency team” of Roche scientists started work on a new test as soon as China shared the genetic sequence of the virus in January.
It normally takes years for a new test to be developed and approved, according to Roche Diagnostics Chief Executive Thomas Schinecker.
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