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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday granted Emergency Use Authorization for the University of Nebraska Medical Center's PCR-based test for SARS-CoV-2.

The NEcov19 RT-PCR Assay is designed to detect a nucleic acid sequence from the SARS-CoV-2 E gene in nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, anterior nasal, and mid-turbinate swabs, as well as nasal washes, nasal aspirates, and bronchoalveolar lavage specimens.

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