Amazon has acquired emergency use authorization from the Meals and Drug Administration for its SARS-CoV-2 assay.
The Amazon RT-PCR check is designed to detect the virus in anterior nasal swab specimens self-collected both below the supervision of a healthcare supplier or unsupervised at residence. The check could also be used with both particular person samples or as much as 5 pooled samples.
Amazon’s real-time check, which was developed by subsidiary STS Lab, is a modified model of BGI Genomics’ FDA-authorized RT-PCR COVID check. Seattle-based Amazon mentioned that it intends to make use of the check for workers and different people who enter its amenities as a part of its COVID-19 preparedness and response program. The check could solely be utilized by labs designated by STS Lab which might be CLIA-certified to carry out high-complexity checks.
This story first appeared in our sister publication, Genomeweb.