NIH, CDC Distributing OTC COVID-19 Tests In US Study On Reducing Community Transmission
NIH pays for 2m of Quidel's QuickVue tests in a program it’s conducting with CDC to determine whether frequent self-administered testing helps reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
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