Not Renewing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Could Have Serious Consequences: Lobby Group
Tests may need to be pulled from the shelves if the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency isn’t renewed before it would expire this month, device lobby group AdvaMed claims. But HHS has indicated plans to renew the order.
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After criticism it was being too lax in overseeing COVID-19 antibody tests coming to market, the US agency issued an updated guidance earlier this month tightening regulations. As a result, it has now pulled more than two dozen tests that don’t meet its standards – and more are expected to follow.
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.