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March 4, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – BARDA and LightDeck partner to develop rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test – FDA approves UI’s coronavirus test

By Chloe Kent

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and LightDeck Diagnostics have partnered to create a six-minute SARS-CoV-2 antigen test, which can be used without a diagnostic laboratory. The point-of-care test can be used for on-site screening of Covid-19 at non-clinical settings, nursing homes, community testing sites, and essential workplaces.

University of Illinois researchers have obtained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a saliva-based Covid-19 test.  The 99% accurate saliva-based test is expanded to all nine other public university campuses and to 48 community colleges. Approximately $20m in federal funds is expected to enable one million Covid-19 tests for Illinois colleges.

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