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The new "moonshot" plan, as the government refers to it, will be based on using rapid testing of nasal swabs and saliva using platforms with a turnaround time of 20 to 90 minutes.
In using the act, the HHS applied priority-rated orders for SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic supply contracts with Becton Dickinson and Quidel through September.
Germany's Federal Ministry of Health issued an order last Friday making testing freely available to returning travelers within 72 hours of entering the country.
The inability to get COVID-19 test kits and the reagents to run the tests was especially problematic as 58 percent of labs cited such an issue.
The funding package earmarks billions for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.