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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
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Abbott Laboratories has stated that U.S. regulators have cleared the company’s rapid COVID-19 antigen test for over-the-counter, at-home use among people who do not have symptoms, thus rendering the tests more easily available for regular screening at places like schools and workplaces.
The company will start shipping the BinaxNOW test to retailers in the coming weeks. This is an extensively available COVID-19 test in the United States and provides results in about 15 minutes. People will now be able to purchase the tests at stores or online without a prescription and use them at home. It will be sold to retailers for less than $10 each; however, the cost of the test when sold over-the-counter is not clear yet… (Reuters, April 1, 2021)