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The United States approves trials of the first coronavirus antigen test, results in minutes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this Saturday that it has approved the emergency route for testing with an antigen, the first manufactured by Quidel.

These antigen tests would add to current polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and antibody tests, and their main advantage is that the result is known in a matter of minutes.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency approval for a Covid-19 antigen test, a new category of tests for use in the current pandemic,” the agency said.

The United States approves trials of the first coronavirus antigen test, results in minutes
The United States approves trials of the first coronavirus antigen test, results in minutes

“These diagnostic tests quickly identify protein fragments found in the virus with samples taken from the nasal cavity with chopsticks,” he added.

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