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FDA Authorizes New Test That Could Detect Coronavirus in About 45 Minutes

The authorization was made Friday

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has authorized the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the novel coronavirus in approximately 45 minutes.

The authorization was made Friday and tests will begin shipping next week, according to a statement from California-based Cepheid, the company manufacturing the tests.

"During this time of increased demand for hospital services, clinicians urgently need an on-demand diagnostic test for real-time management of patients being evaluated for admission to healthcare facilities," said Dr. David Persing, MD, Ph.D., chief medical and technology officer at Cepheid.

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