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Faulty CDC COVID-19 Assays Leave Only 12 US Jurisdictions With Testing Ability, CDC Director Says

But better reagent coming, Robert Redfield tells congressional panel

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Only 12 US jurisdictions currently have sound COVID-19 virus assays from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test suspected virus cases, CDC director Robert Redfield told a House panel looking at virus preparedness on Wednesday – but a better batch is coming, he said. Other questions raised at the congressional hearing was how long an infected person stays infected, whether COVID-19 can be picked up from inanimate surfaces, and related queries.

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