Novacyt, Co-Diagnostics, Other Test Firms Seek Fast-Track EUA Approval From FDA For Coronavirus Dx's
Diagnostics companies around the world – including Novacyt, Roche, Co-Diagnostics and Mammoth Biosciences – are developing and launching tests to fight the coronavirus in China and other countries as quickly as possible, and some are seeking Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval from the FDA so their assays can be used on US patients.
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