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November 1, 2021

Coronavirus company news summary – Prolacta creates test to identify SARS-CoV-2 in breast milk of donor – FDA grants EUA to iCare Diagnostics’ Covid-19 test

By Chloe Kent

Prolacta Bioscience has created a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) that can identify the presence of various viruses, such as Covid-19, and bacteria in breast milk from a donor. As NAAT examines the milk directly for pathogens that cause infectious diseases, the company ensures that the donor and the milk are tested, reducing the possibility of contaminated milk reaching the neonatal intensive care unit.

Doyne Medical Clinic is providing Covid-19 tests that offer results within 15 minutes at Martin Luther King and Bonanza in Las Vegas, US. While the country is facing a scarcity of Covid-19 tests, Doyne states that the clinic is well-stocked. The company’s staff can provide Covid-19 testing on the spot or arrange for testing onsite for businesses, Nevada Business reports. According to a US Government’s employer mandate, companies with 100 or more staff need all workers to be either fully inoculated against Covid-19 or tested every week.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to iCare Diagnostics International’s saliva-based Covid-19 test kit, the Taipei Times reported. Named iCare DX, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is intended to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus using saliva specimens. No medical specialist is required to obtain the saliva swab to carry out the test, making it easily deployable.

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