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Biden administration moving to make rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests more available, cheaper

Added 10-25-21 09:57:02am EST - “The Biden administration announced on Monday its plan to make rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests cheaper and more available through an accelerated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization process.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Biden administration moving to make rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests more available, cheaper”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Biden administration announced on Monday its plan to make rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests cheaper and more available through an accelerated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization process.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to commit $70 million from the American Rescue Plan to boost the number of over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests on the market. 

Under this strategy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to prioritize FDA authorization applications for COVID-19 tests from companies that “have the potential for manufacturing at significant scale.”

“The goal is to accelerate the availability of more high-quality, accurate and reliable over-the-counter tests to the public as quickly as possible,” HHS said in a release. 

Working with the FDA, the NIH’s Independent Test Assessment Program intends to select manufacturers capable of producing high volumes of COVID-19 tests and urge them to bring tests to the U.S. market to open up options for Americans, including potentially more affordable choices. 

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