U of I COVID-19 Test Authorized By FDA

A saliva-based test developed by University of Illinois researchers has gotten approval from the FDA for emergency use.

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Christine Herman reports:

The FDA emergency use authorization was granted to the U of I’s test on the basis that it performs at least as well as a recently approved saliva-testing protocol developed at Yale University, setting a precedent that could allow other labs to follow suit.

The announcement was made at a press conference held by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in Chicago Wednesday.

As tens of thousands of students return this week for the start of the fall semester, labs on the Urbana campus have been operating around-the-clock, now running upwards of 10,000 tests per day, says U of I chemist Paul Hergenrother, who led the team that developed the saliva test.

Pritzker says he wants to see the test expanded across the state.

“We’re already working to deploy this to more public universities across the state over the next weeks and months, and exploring rolling this out to do testing potentially for K-12 schools and even more testing at our long term care facilities as well,” Pritzker said at the press briefing.

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