The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it has approved the first COVID-19 home self-test kit that provides results in 30 minutes.
The single-use test conducted by Lucira Health has received emergency approval for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in people 14 and older who are suspected of having COVID-19 by their healthcare provider, the FDA said.
“While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been approved for collection at home, this is the first that is fully self-administered and provides results at home,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.
The kit can also be used in hospitals and at the point of care location. However, samples should be obtained by a health care provider if the people tested are younger than 14 years old, according to the health authority.
Although a slew of positive news from Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc about their potential vaccines recently has raised hopes of fighting the disease, testing is still a key factor in controlling the spread of the virus.
“We look forward to working proactively with test developers to help ensure the availability of additional home testing options,” said Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Equipment and Radiological Health.
The United States crossed a total of 11 million infections on Sunday, just eight days after hitting the 10 million mark.
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