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FDA approves rapid response COVID-19 test

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Posted at 8:42 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 20:42:04-04

The FDA confirmed it has approved emergency use of a rapid diagnostic test that can detect COVID-19 in about 45 minutes, rather than the several days required for existing tests.

"With the development of point of care diagnostics, Americans who need tests will be able to get results faster than ever before," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

The company that makes the test, Cepheid, said it got the authorization on Friday.

The tests are expected to be rolled out by the end of the month.