As many as 40 state public health labs could begin testing for the COVID-19 virus using parts of the test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as early as this week, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
“As of now: @CDCgov & @US_FDA developed a new protocol using 2 of 3 components of original test kit. Many public health labs are able to use the original kit w/out problem component to begin testing as soon as this week,” APHL said on its Twitter feed.
Earlier this month, the CDC’s rollout of test kits was delayed after problems were found with some the kits’ reagent. The APHL wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb 24, asking the agency for enforcement discretion to allow state and local public health labs the ability to create a laboratory-developed test for the detection of the novel coronavirus.
On Twitter, the APHL said its scientists were in talks all day yesterday with the FDA and CDC to figure out a way to allow labs to use functioning tests.
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