​​Rapid Testing Still on Training Wheels

The US shortage of at-home rapid tests is totally foreign to its peers across the Atlantic, “where at-home tests are ubiquitous and as cheap as a decent cappuccino.”
 
The problem is rooted in the same testing woes that have dogged the country throughout the pandemic: overzealous regulation and a dearth of government investment in getting tests to market.
 
Companies that responded to the US FDA’s call for more rapid tests say approvals lag far behind other countries for arbitrary reasons; that they wait months for replies to emails.
 
In essence: Pandemic presidents Biden and Trump both banked on vaccines more than testing, and it shows, said US Rep. Kim Schrier, adding “It feels like in one place we’re in a rocket ship and in another place we’re on training wheels.”

ProPublica

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