FDA Approves Coronavirus Saliva Test For Emergency Use | TODAY

by birtanpublished on August 17, 2020

THE NBA AND THIS NEW TEST COULD BE A GAME CHANGER. THIS MORNING A BREAKTHROUGH DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION GRANTING EMERGENCY USE

AUTHORIZATION FOR SALIVA DIRECT. A SALIVA-BASED COVID TEST DEVELOPED BY RESEARCHERS AT YALE. >> THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES IN THE SIX

MONTHS WE’VE BEEN LIVING WITH CORONAVIRUS. >> Reporter: THE NEW TEST CAN BE SELF-ADMINISTERED. SUBJECTS ONLY NEED TO SPIT INTO A TUBE.

AND THANKS TO A SIMPLIFIED TESTING METHODING WITH TURNAROUND TIME IS CUT FROM A WEEK TO LESS THAN 24 HOURS. >> IF THE TESTING IS DONE TO REALLY DETERMINE IF YOU ARE

INFECTED AND WOULD YOU BE INFECTING SOMEBODY ELSE, THAT’S AN UNREASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME TO WAIT. >> Reporter: BUT PERHAPS THE BIGGEST GAME CHANGER, THE PRICE.

ONE TEST COULD COST AS LITTLE AS $10 MAKING IT MORE AFFORDABLE TO TEST MORE PEOPLE MORE FREQUENTLY. >> WE ENVISION SALIVA DIRECT TO BE A SCREENING TOOL FOR LARGE

RETURN-TO PROGRAMS. WHETHER THAT’S RETURN TO WORK, RETURN TO SCHOOL. >> Reporter: THE NBA WHICH GAVE AROUND HALF A MILLION TO FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SALIVA DIRECT

ALLOWED IT TO BE TESTED ON SOME COACHES AND PLAYERS AND STAFF BEFORE THEY REPORTED TO THE BUBBLE IN ORLANDO. THE RESULTS MATCHED ALMOST PERFECTLY WITH PROVEN TESTING

METHODS. RESEARCHERS HOPE TO SCALE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD WITHIN WEEKS. A SIMILAR TEST DEVELOPED AT RUTGERS IS ALREADY BEING USED BY

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. PLAYERS AND STAFF ARE TESTED EVERY OTHER DAY. >> IT TAKES THREE MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS. SO IT’S NO BIG DEAL.

>> Reporter: 30,000 SALIVA SAMPLES ARE TAKEN INTO THIS RUTGERS LAP FOR ANALYSIS EVERY DAY. ROUGHLY 600 ARE MAJOR LEAGUE STAFF AND PLAYERS.

LAB CHIEF ANDREW BROOKS BREAKS DOWN THE RESULTS WITH US. DOES ANYONE HAVE COVID-19? >> RIGHT HERE IS A PATIENT SAMPLE YOU CAN SEE ALL THREE GENES LIGHT UP.

THIS PERSON IS POSITIVE FOR COVID. >> Reporter: SO OF ALL THE THOUSANDS OF SAMPLES YOU GET IN HERE A SAMPLE WITH A SAMPLE IS A SAMPLE.

THAT COULD BE A MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYER OR A GRANDMA IN INDIANA. >> EXACTLY RIGHT. >> Reporter: SO BACK TO THAT NEW TEST THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, YALE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

SAYS IT ISN’T REALLY A PRODUCT, IT’S A PROCESS. AND IT IS SHARING THAT PROCESS FOR FREE WITH LABS THAT ALREADY HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY ACROSS THE

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