A potential game-changer in the coronavirus pandemic has been unveiled.
Abbott Laboratories has announced a new COVID-19 test that reportedly can detect the virus in 5 minutes. According to the company, the test can deliver a positive result in approximately five minutes and a negative result in 13 minutes.
The COVID-19 test runs on Abbot’s ID NOW platform, which is housed in a 6.6 pound box that is roughly the size of a toaster.
“Our scientists, many of whom worked on Abbott’s first HIV test and the Zika tests, worked around the clock to develop these molecular tests,” said Daman Kowalski, vice president and head of, Molecular Diagnostics, Abbott. “Providing people at the frontlines of this pandemic with critical tests will help ensure proper care for patients and help protect our communities.”
Abbott is ramping up production of the test, with plans to deliver 50,000 tests per day, beginning next week. The company plans to reach a manufacturing capacity of one million tests per week by the end of March. Abbott has already sent tests to hospitals and medical centers in 18 states.
“Through the incredible work of teams across Abbott, we expect to deliver 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day to healthcare professionals on the front lines, where testing capabilities are needed most,” said Chris Scoggins, senior vice president, Rapid Diagnostics, Abbott. “Portable molecular testing expands the country’s capacity to get people answers faster.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fast-tracked the test, approving it for Emergency Use Authorization.
Arkansas Money & Politics has reached out to Abbott Laboratories for additional information.