(Reuters Photo)A US-based pharmaceutical company says it has developed a portable test that can tell if someone has Covid-19 in as little as five minutes. Abbott Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorisation to begin making the test available to healthcare providers as early as next week. The test, which is the size of a small toaster and uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes, the company said in a statement. “The Covid-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus,” said Abbott president and chief operating officer Robert Ford. The company cautioned that the test has not been cleared or approved by the FDA, and has only been authorised for emergency use by approved labs and healthcare providers.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 03:00 UTC