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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: daily report for August 24, 2020

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The United States Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Today, the FDA took steps to encourage the development of SARS-CoV-2 tests. The FDA has released a new webpage that provides an overview of available resources related to testing and testing for SARS-CoV-2 using pooled samples.
  • Test the updates:
    • To date, the FDA has currently authorized 221 tests under the USA; these include 179 molecular tests, 39 antibody tests and 3 antigen tests.

The FDA, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, protects public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and safety of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biologicals for human use, and medical devices . The agency is also responsible for the safety and security of the food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that emit electronic radiation, and the regulation of tobacco products.

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