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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FDA grants emergency use authorization to OTC COVID-19 testing products as it targets allowing workplaces, schools and communities to access tools needed to screen for the virus rapidly and accurately.
FDA published a supplemental template for molecular and antigen COVID-19 EUA sponsors with products to be used for serial testing, and a fact sheet that screening program organizers can use to pick the right test.
US consumers can order up to four rapid antigen tests per household through USPS website, or a phone hotline coming soon. Biden administration, which is working to buy another 500m tests soon, notes more OTC tests are becoming available through an accelerated pathway to support FDA reviews of for emergency use authorizations of tests with potential for large-scale manufacturing.