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NEW YORK – Becton Dickinson announced on Wednesday that the US Department of Health and Human Services will make a large-volume purchase of its systems and diagnostic assays for COVID-19. The tests detect viral antigens to diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection in approximately 15 minutes.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Distribution is set for next week.

Specifically, HHS will buy 2,000 BD Veritor Plus systems and 750,000 SARS-CoV-2 viral antigen tests, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based BD said in a statement.

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