Innovative At-Home Rapid Test for COVID-19 Launches
New Jersey-based Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), and Scanwell Health, a leader in smartphone-enabled at-home medical tests, announced on February 22, 2021, a collaboration to create an at-home rapid test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus using a BD antigen test and the Scanwell Health mobile app.
"Testing at home before going out into the public is a critical safeguard to help stop the spread of COVID-19," said Dave Hickey, president of Life Sciences for BD. "BD and Scanwell Health are bringing the best of our innovations together to develop a reliable test with a convenient and simple user experience."
"We see the development of an at-home lateral flow rapid antigen test as a complementary solution to our best-in-class BD Veritor™ system."
As of February 19, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had authorized 331 coronavirus diagnostic tests, including 247 molecular tests, 70 antibody tests, and 14 antigen tests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, 35 molecular authorizations can be used with home-collected samples.
Furthermore, data from the U.S. CDC indicates of 332 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
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