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NEW YORK ─ The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted Emergency Use Authorization for Siemens Healthineers' Fast Track Diagnostics SARS-CoV-2 test to detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The test can be used for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in upper respiratory specimens, such as nasal, nasopharyngeal, and oropharyngeal swabs; nasopharyngeal or nasal aspirate; and bronchoalveolar lavage, the FDA said on its website.

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