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March 13, 2020, 12:31 PM

U.S. Clears Roche’s Coronavirus Test That’s 10 Times Faster (3)

Tim  Loh
Tim Loh
Bloomberg News
Eric Pfanner
Eric Pfanner
Bloomberg News

U.S. health regulators have approved a new coronavirus test that will speed up by tenfold the ability to test patients, helping solve a significant obstacle to American efforts to contain the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration granted “emergency use authorization” to the test, which runs on Roche Holding AG’s cobas 6800/8800 systems. The 8800 system is capable of testing 4,128 patients a day, and the 6800 version can test as many as 1,440. The tool also is available in Europe and countries that accept its CE marking for medical devices.

Roche shares traded 11% higher at 1:29 p.m. ...

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