Sweet relief for testing systems dogged by delays: A $5 test that can diagnose COVID-19 in 30 minutes or less—without specialized staff or medical equipment, BBC reports.
- The deal, part of the WHO-led ACT Accelerator, will roll out 120 million of these tests across 133 countries, the agency announced yesterday.
- Countries can start ordering their tests this week, CIDRAP reports.
- Current tests can take days to come back, and low testing capacity is believed to be spurring the spread of COVID-19 in hard-hit countries.
While the antigen-based rapid tests aren’t perfect, the deal—which includes funding—is particularly significant for low- and middle-income countries.
And in the US: States will also receive millions of credit card-sized rapid tests starting this week, President Trump announced, urging governors to give schools priority use, AP reports.