Roche’s coronavirus antibody test obtains FDA approval for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of an antibody test by diagnostic giant Roche Holding AG, the company said on Sunday, a move that could add significant capacity to efforts to determine the wider spread from Covid-19.

Roche’s test, which identifies antibodies produced by the body to fight the new coronavirus, is designed to tell people if they’ve been infected in the past. For many diseases, antibodies remain in the blood for weeks, months, or even years after infection. Antibody tests are done …

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