The Trump administration announced Thursday afternoon the U.S. government has purchased 150 million rapid Wuhan coronavirus tests, which will be distributed across the country.
"Today, the Trump Administration is pleased to announce the purchase and production of 150 million rapid tests to be distributed across the country. In March, President Donald J. Trump called for the development of a low cost, reliable point-of-care test. To deliver on this promise, the Administration has partnered with Abbott Laboratories to produce inexpensive and easy-to-use Abbott BinaxNOW tests. This is a major development that will help save more lives by further protecting America’s most vulnerable and allow our country to remain open, get Americans back to work, and get kids back to school," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released in a statement. "Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States is leading the world in testing and the development of a wide range of reliable tests."
"This announcement is made in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for this new type of antigen test in which results can be read directly from the testing card. Made in America, for Americans, these new tests exemplify President Trump’s whole-of-America approach, which harnesses industry and innovation to ensure America leads the world in combating COVID-19," the statement continues. "Through Operation Warp Speed and in partnership with Abbott Laboratories, final production will be scaled to an unprecedented 50 million tests monthly."
Meanwhile a new rapid test, which can be purchased at the drug store and gives results in 15 minutes, has been approved.
Breaking: Abbott just announced they have been given emergency use authorization for a rapid antigen test. They say: 15 minutes. 5 dollars. Greater than 95% sensitivity and no machine or lab required, adding they have the ability to make 50 million tests per month by October. pic.twitter.com/Ap7UBAn2UW— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) August 26, 2020