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Semi-quantitative SARS-CoV-2 serology tests enable users to measure levels of neutralizing antibodies, but tests need to be more comparable across manufacturers, Siemens said.

The agency confused and upset many in the healthcare community last month when it said asymptomatic patients did not need to be tested.

The collaboration seeks to standardize SARS-CoV-2 assays by defining concentrations of antibodies to specific viral proteins to confer neutralization.

The agency is providing the material freely and asking for feedback, so it can fix possible problems before more widely disseminating it to labs and companies.

The partnership will provide new point-of-care lipid testing devices to remote sites in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific.

Healthcare providers need multiplexed tests that can differentiate the flu from the coronavirus so they can treat patients quickly and appropriately.

The funding package earmarks billions for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

The center said because universal testing of students and staff "has not been systematically studied," it is unclear what benefits it may confer.

The new funding is being provided to nursing homes to address needs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including increased SARS-CoV-2 testing.

The forum will gather information on issues surrounding SARS-CoV-2 testing and diagnostics from federal officials and the private sector.

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