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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday granted separate Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 tests developed by South Korean diagnostic test makers BioCore, SolGent, and Seasun Biomaterials.

The BioCore 2019-nCoV Real Time PCR Kit is designed to detect the SARS-CoV-2 N and RdRp genes in upper and lower respiratory specimens including nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum, and bronchoalveolar lavage.

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As worldwide COVID-19 cases continue to rise, there is a significant need to increase testing and population surveillance capacity.

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As cases of COVID-19 continued to grow this spring and summer in the US, so too did the number of Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA for clinical diagnostic tests aimed at detecting current and past infections.