WHO to roll out 120M rapid COVID-19 tests for poorer nations

Sept. 29 (UPI) — The World Health Organization announced a deal to supply more than 100 million rapid diagnostic COVID-19 tests to low- and middle-income countries.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced Monday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and drug manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor have inked volume guarantee agreements for 120 million new highly portable diagnostic tests to be made available to poorer nations over a six-month period.

“The quicker COVID-19 can be diagnosed, the quicker action can be taken to treat and isolate those with the virus and trace their contacts,” Tedros said in his opening remarks during a media briefing on the pandemic.

The tests, which cost no more than $5 a unit, provide reliable results within 15 to 30 minutes, representing a significant reduction from hours or days required by less sophisticated equipment, enabling for rapid testing in countries that do not have

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