CDC Shares Blueprint For Coronavirus Diagnostic With US State Laboratories
A new coronavirus test template developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being refined by the agency so it can be shared with domestic and international partners to help identify more cases of the virus. In the meantime, state labs can use the posted assay for coronavirus on the CDC’s website for testing of residents within their jurisdiction and send results to the CDC.
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