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Coronavirus Test Kits Contaminated With Coronavirus

Inadequate testing for COVID-19 across the U.S. in the early stages of the pandemic has been blamed for allowing widespread transmission of the virus to occur, during a time when it potentially could have been contained without the need for extensive shutdowns. In January 2020, German scientists developed the first diagnostic test for COVID-19. In early February 2020, the World Health Organization shipped about 250,000 tests to 159 laboratories around the world. Rather than use the WHO test, the U.S., under the direction of the CDC and FDA, decided to create its own, as it had done with tests during past outbreaks of Ebola and Zika. On February 4, when there were only about a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., the FDA approved the U.S. COVID-19 test, and the CDC shipped 90 of them to state public health labs days later.  Read more.....



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