After ‘Severe’ Delays, Several States Band Together To Buy Coronavirus Tests

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Six states have an agreement to acquire fast-result antigen tests for COVID-19. Pictured is a medical worker collecting a sample from a patient.

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Under an agreement signed by the state’s governors – three Republicans and three Democrats – each state will receive 500,000 tests that can detect the virus in 15 to 20 minutes.

While new antigen tests work quickly, as NPR’s Rob Stein has reported, there are questions about their accuracy in comparison to the more complicated genetic tests that many patients are receiving.

The governors’ memorandum says the group intends to «benefit as many interested states as possible.» Other state and local governments may also join the effort to buy rapid tests in the coming weeks.

According to a statement from Hogan’s office, the program is intended to demonstrate to private manufacturers that there is «significant demand» to scale up production of rapid tests. The states are working with two manufacturers of FDA-authorized tests.

  • antigen tests
  • rapid tests
  • larry hogan
  • coronavirus
  • National Governors Association

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