As of today, 41 laboratory COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized by regulators to identify the virus. In the U.S., these tests are supplied by the CDC for the state and local public health departments and private medical providers are getting tests developed by the commercial manufacturers. The U.S. government did not issue guidance allowing commercial labs to process COVID-19 tests until February 29, 2020, after which the companies began testing within a week.
Currently, 20 COVID-19 diagnostic kits from the U.S. manufacturers have won the emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA. [Read more…]