Becton, Dickinson Has First EUA In US For Smartphone-Linked Rapid Antigen Test
Researchers Recommend Wider OTC Distribution Of Rapid Antigen Tests
BD has EUA for Veritor At-Home COVID-19 rapid antigen test using smartphone vision technology to interpret and digitally display results. Researchers at biotech firms and medical schools measure advantages of at-home use of rapid antigen tests over quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction tests.
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