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NEW YORK ─ Access Genetics, doing business as OralDNA Labs, said on Wednesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has issued an amended Emergency Use Authorization for its OraRisk COVID-19 RT-PCR test, allowing testing from the collection of a saline oral rinse.

The test enables the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in saline oral rinse specimens, nasopharyngeal swabs, and nasal swabs collected in universal transport media, as well as nasal swabs collected in saline oral rinse from people suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.

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