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AHLA News & Analysis


February 13, 2020

CDC Sent Flawed Coronavirus Test Kits That Can Deliver “Inconclusive” Results To States, Countries

The New York Times (2/12, Grady) reports the CDC announced that it sent flawed coronavirus test kits to states and at least 30 other countries. The agency “will need to ship new ingredients, further delaying results,” because the tests that were sent out can deliver “inconclusive” results. The article says that “the kits were meant to enable states to conduct their own testing and get results faster than they would by shipping samples to the C.D.C. in Atlanta. But the failure of the kits means that states still have to depend on the C.D.C., which will mean several days’ delay in getting results.”

        The Miami Herald (2/12, Conarck) reports the agency “said issues with the tests...surfaced after they were sent out to state labs.” The article adds that “the kits sent to state labs can each be used to test hundreds of samples.”

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