PRESIDENT Donald Trump said a new-FDA-authorized coronavirus test that can deliver “lightning-fast results” in as little as five minutes may be available as soon as this week.
Trump said the new test will be “a whole new ballgame,” as social distancing guidelines have been extended into the end of April.
President Trump said a new coronavirus test that gives results in as little as five minutes could be available this week[/caption]
A lab worker uses equipment to find results on a coronavirus test[/caption]
“This week, it could be this week, yes,” he said.
Trump said Monday morning on Fox that in addition to being faster, the new test will be easier than the current one.
“Sometimes it’s two or three days. Now it’s getting down to a day,” the President said of the current time it takes for patients to know test results.
“That’s a pretty rough test. I took it, and I will tell you, there’s nothing pleasant about it,” he told Fox of the current COVID-19 test.
“The new test – it’s easier, simpler and quick. You’re going to know your result right away,” Trump said of the new test from Abbott.
Abbott also said in a press release when announcing the FDA-authorization on Friday that the company is working to make the new tests available this week.
The new coronavirus test could help speed up current processes that have taken anywhere from several hours to a matter of days to get results.
Abbott said the new test that can be done in a doctor’s office can give a positive result in just five minutes, and a negative result in 13.
Currently, people often need to get a doctor’s approval to even be tested for coronavirus – and the test often comes after other illnesses, like a cold, strep, or flu, have been ruled out.
Current tests also often have to be sent off to a lab in order for doctors and patients to know results.
Trump said at a press conference Sunday night that the new FDA-authorized test could be a game-changer.
“It’s a whole new ballgame,” he added.
“I want to thank Abbott Labs for the incredible work they’ve done. They’ve been working round the clock.
“Normally this approval process from the FDA would take 10 months and even longer but we did it in four weeks,” Trump said.
President Trump assured Americans in early March that “anyone who wants a test can get tested.”
Many people have expressed difficulty in getting tested as in most cases, a COVID-19 test must be ordered at a doctor’s recommendation after other illnesses have been ruled out.
Abbott said in the statement announcing the FDA-authorization that they will work with the officials “to deploy tests to areas where they can have the greatest impact.”
The company said that the test has not been FDA-approved, but it was given emergency use authorization by the government agency amid the COVID-19 pandemic to help identify cases.
Currently in the U.S., New York remains the coronavirus epicenter – with nearly 60,000 cases and 2,513 deaths confirmed across the state as of Monday morning.
The President said that Abbott Labs announced they will deliver 50,000 tests across the nation each day, beginning this week.
A worker holds a tube with a coronavirus test swab inside a solution[/caption]
A worker holds a swab as she prepares to administer a coronavirus test result[/caption]
Trump said the test with ‘lightning-fast‘ results could be a ‘whole new ballgame‘[/caption]
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He then again said that the U.S. has been “doing more tests than any other country anywhere in the world,” and he attributed the high COVID-19 case number in America due to the volume of tests.
“It’s also one of the reasons that we’re just about the lowest in terms of mortality rate,” Trump claimed.
“Because we’ve been doing more testing so we have bigger numbers to look at,” he said.
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