FDA Gives Emergency Authorization to 15 Minute Coronavirus Test
The US Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval to a new 15-minute coronavirus test, according to Business Insider.
The manufacturer of the test is Becton Dickinson and Co. The company announced on Monday that it had been granted emergency approval by the FDA for its antigen test that can produce results within 15 minutes. Antigen tests have emerged amid the coronavirus crisis. These tests work by scanning for proteins that are found on or inside a virus.
Furthermore, Becton Dickinson and Co.'s test can be produced quickly, at a low cost, and test patients with rapid results. The company will be able to produce 2 million tests a week by the end of September.
"This will be a game changer for frontline healthcare workers and their patients to be able to access a quick diagnostic test for COVID-19, offering results in real time at convenient locations like retail pharmacies, urgent care centers, and doctors' offices," said Dave Hickey, president of Becton Dickinson's integrated diagnostic solutions business.
This test could mark a new change in the battle against the novel coronavirus as we attempt to return to normal life.