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April 2, 2020, 12:24 AMUpdated: April 2, 2020, 1:59 AM

Create Antibody Tests for Health Workers, Birx Urges Researchers (1)

Jeannie Baumann
Jeannie Baumann

Universities have been called by the White House coronavirus coordinator to develop tests quickly that could screen an entire health system for Covid-19 antibodies.

“We have the most brilliant scientists in the world in our universities in state after state,” Dr. Deborah L. Birx said during Wednesday’s White House press briefing. “Our universities can do that by Friday. So I’m putting that challenge out to them to really work on that and do that.”

ELISA tests—the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay—are most commonly used to detect HIV antibodies and antigens in the blood.

It would be very reassuring to front line health-care ...

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