Abbott Making 50,000 COVID-19 Tests Daily

The new test provides a negative result in 13 minutes, and a positive result in five minutes.

 

On Wednesday, Abbott Labs will start making 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

The company's plant in Scarborough, Maine plans to make more than 1 million tests per month.

The point-of-care test is built off of the company's ID Now product that tests for the flu and strep throat.

According to the company, the new test provides a negative result in 13 minutes, and a positive result in five minutes.

According to the company, it's the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for COVID-19.

The FDA gave Abbott emergency authorization to make the test.

The test weighs 6.6 pounds and is about the size of a toaster.

Which means it can be used in non-traditional places to give people their results in a matter of minutes.

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