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US Food and Drug Administration Approves Abbott Laboratories’ COVID-19 Testing Tool

It can detect results as fast as 5 minuctes

After Abbott Laboratories announced its ID Now COVID-19 testing tool, the US Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to it with an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Currently available in the US, Abbott Laboratories claims that ID Now can detect COVID-19 results in 5 minutes for positive results and 13 minutes for negative results.

The compact size of the device makes it ideal for use in almost any healthcare setting, which should help in speeding up the testing of patients suspected to have COVID-19. “Abbott’s ID NOW COVID-19 test will help battle the pandemic in real-time by bringing vital information in minutes to frontline clinicians who are working to stop the spread of the virus,” said Abbott Diagnostics Research and Development VP John Frels.

Abbott is ramping up the production of the ID Now devices, committing to producing 50,000 units a day as early as next week.

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