The Rapid-Response Test Approval Is Good News

Abbott’s BinaxNOW Covid-19 Ag Card is about the size of a credit card and doesn’t require added equipment. Photo: Abbott Laboratories

Our team has written a lot about the appeal of fast-responding though not-super-accurate Covid-19 tests. This week, these rapid-responding tests moved forward. The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization to Abbott Laboratories for a $5 rapid-response Covid-19 test. The company says it will start shipping tens of millions of the newly authorized tests in September and plans to increase…

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Alexandra Sifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that