Faster Coronavirus Test Results Coming With FDA Policy Change - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Laboratories do not have to send the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention samples of their COVID-19 test results anymore to get confirmation of positive cases thanks to an FDA policy change that came into effect March 15, reported Bloomberg.

  • According to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, the change is expected to "reduce the number of tests that need to be used per patient" because the CDC will not have to use another test to confirm results from a different laboratory.

  • The change is also expected to cut down the turnaround time between getting tested and getting results because laboratories now have authority to confirm positive cases on their own.

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