US grants emergency use authorisation to Quidel for first antigen test for COVID-19

WION Web Team
New York City, New York, United States of America Published: May 09, 2020, 10:36 PM(IST)

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An antigen test is a new type of diagnostic test designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved emergency use authorisation (EUA) to Quidel Corp for the first COVID-19 antigen test.

An antigen test is a new type of diagnostic test designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The emergency use authorisation was issued on Friday to Quidel for the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA.

An antigen test can provide results in minutes but it may not detect all active infections. It is very specific for the virus, but there is a higher chance of false negatives.

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