FDA Approves 2 Rapid, At-Home COVID Tests

More consumers will soon be able to test themselves for COVID-19 from the comfort of their own home. On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved two rapid antigen home tests for use in the U.S. Americans will soon be able to purchase Abbott’s BinaxNOW and Quidel Quickvue tests at drug stores. The two options… Continue reading FDA Approves 2 Rapid, At-Home COVID Tests

Why Trump’s testing strategy failed him

President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis exposed the folly of the White House’s dependence on coronavirus testing to protect against the deadly pathogen and shake off remaining restrictions on American life. News of Trump’s infection comes weeks before the election and amid constant calls from the White House to broadly reopen the economy, send children back… Continue reading Why Trump’s testing strategy failed him

PM should apologise for testing ‘collapse’, says Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to apologise for a “near collapse” in the government’s coronavirus test and trace system. The Labour leader told the 360aproko ministers had “lost control of where the virus is”, making the need for further restrictions “more likely”. He added that “fixing testing” should be the… Continue reading PM should apologise for testing ‘collapse’, says Starmer

Coronavirus: Testing problems leaving families in limbo

Schools are back, businesses are reopening and winter bugs are starting to spread – meaning more and more people are asking for a coronavirus test. Three families explain how the testing problems are affecting them. ‘I’d drive 100 miles’Maria Aziz, from west London, has been trying to book a test since Sunday, when her nine-year-old… Continue reading Coronavirus: Testing problems leaving families in limbo

Government to prioritise NHS and care homes for testing

The government will publish details of its plan to prioritise coronavirus tests in the next few days, after widespread problems with the system. Top of the list will be NHS staff and patients, and those in care homes. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he did “not shirk from decisions” about who should be prioritised. It… Continue reading Government to prioritise NHS and care homes for testing

Testing issues ‘will be solved in a matter of weeks’, says Hancock

Tests should be prioritised for those who need it most, including those in care homes, he told MPs. When challenged on the reports of people struggling to get a test, Mr Hancock said it would take a “matter of weeks” to resolve the problems. Labour said no tests were available in virus “hotspots” over the… Continue reading Testing issues ‘will be solved in a matter of weeks’, says Hancock

UK coronavirus live: Covid testing shortage will take weeks to resolve, says Matt Hancock

NHS England has recorded a further 14 coronavirus hospital deaths. The people who died were aged between 62 and 94 and they all had underlying health conditions. The full details are here. Almost nine in 10 pupils have attended schools in England since their full reopening this month, government figures show. Around 92% of state… Continue reading UK coronavirus live: Covid testing shortage will take weeks to resolve, says Matt Hancock

Florida Will Pause Coronavirus Testing Due To Impending Storm

Florida will stop testing for the coronavirus for several days due to concerns about the potential impact from a looming tropical weather system. After the state’s testing sites close Thursday evening, they won’t reopen until at least Tuesday morning, Candy Sims of the Florida Department of Health in Broward County told 360aproko. Some locations could… Continue reading Florida Will Pause Coronavirus Testing Due To Impending Storm

Former CDC Head: Surge In Coronavirus Cases Due To New Spread, Not Increased Testing

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the recent surge in coronavirus cases across parts of the country is the result of the virus’s spreading, not increased testing, as President Donald Trump has argued. “As a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100%… Continue reading Former CDC Head: Surge In Coronavirus Cases Due To New Spread, Not Increased Testing

Trump Sitting On Funds Meant To Boost Coronavirus Testing, Top Democrats Say

Top Senate Democrats are demanding to know why the Trump administration has not yet spent funds that Congress allocated earlier this year to ramp up the nation’s coronavirus testing and contact tracing capacity. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate health committee, wrote a letter… Continue reading Trump Sitting On Funds Meant To Boost Coronavirus Testing, Top Democrats Say