FDA Gives the Green Light to Portable COVID-19 Test Kit

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A company with offices in the Bay Area just got the FDA's green light to start sending out a portable COVID-19 test that takes just minutes to show a result.

Abbott Labs, a Chicago company with offices in Santa Clara, has been working on the portable testing platform and now that they got the go, it’s expected to test 50,000 people a day.

“It's the size of a small kitchen appliance,” said Gavin Cloherty, head of Infectious Disease research at Abbott Labs.

The pharmaceutical company said it will ramp up production and hopes to eventually produce up to 5 million tests per month.

“It generates accurate test results in a matter of minutes, instead of hours or days, which enables a healthcare provider to see a patient, diagnose a patient, and take necessary interventions in a very short amount of time," said Cloherty.

Abbott said it will make the tests available to healthcare providers in an urgent care setting and they should be available in about  a week.

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