U.S. developing rapid coronavirus tests as shortages persist

U.S. developing rapid coronavirus tests as shortages persist

U.S. developing rapid coronavirus tests as shortages persist

Members of Congress are fuming over the lack of access to tests back home, saying the American process that filters patients through the doctor's office has put the USA behind the surveillance capabilities - including drive-thru service - set up in South Korea and other nations. The Obama administration declared an emergency about a week after the problem was discovered and by this time in the process they had tested 1 million people.

The testing czar is Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health, and head of the government's uniformed Public Health Service.

Trump then went on to call the Obama administration's response to Swine Flu "a full scale disaster, with thousands dying.' The president said nothing 'meaningful" has been done to fix the testing problem 'until now'.

Last week Trump claimed that anyone who wants a test can get one, but there have been reports from across the country of the difficulty to procure a kit. According to the CDC, just over 11,000 specimens have been tested in the U.S. since January.

For that reason he did not push to ensure that there were adequate testing capabilities for the disease, Diamond said.

The tests will be conducted in retail store parking lots and sent to labs to complete testing in partnership with local health departments and diagnostic labs. "They started thinking about testing when it was far too late".

PSL to go on despite foreign players leaving
There have been more than 128,000 cases and 4,700 deaths globally since the virus outbreak started late past year . The biggest cricket league in the world, Indian Premier League (IPL), has been suspended till April 15.

Wasserman Schultz asked, 'Basically you're saying ... there's not one person that can ensure that these tests can be administered? That would offer statistically significant sampling to get reliable estimates on how many Americans actually have the coronavirus, he says. Broad-scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing viral outbreaks.

The HHS said it was providing nearly $700,000 to DiaSorin Molecular of California and just under $600,000 to QIAGEN of Maryland to develop the tests, but provided no timeline about when these would be available. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the state would contract with 28 private labs to increase testing capacity for COVID-19.

Swiss medical company Roche received emergency approval from the FDA to run coronavirus tests on its automated, high-volume testing system. Roche said the test takes about 3 1/2 hours to run and can deliver as many as 4,000 results per day.

A spokeswoman for Verily said it had originally intended for the website to be only used by health care workers.

Hospitals and other health systems will have to prioritize testing for patients who truly need it, versus those who may be anxious but don't have symptoms, Pritt said.

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