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NEW YORK — The US Food and Drug Administration last week granted Emergency Use Authorization for a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 test developed by MatMaCorp.

The MatMaCorp COVID-19 2SF Test is designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in upper respiratory specimens including nasopharyngeal swabs and anterior nasal swabs collected by a healthcare provider.

The test runs on the Lincoln, Nebraska-based company's Solas 8 portable nucleic acid analysis system and may be used by any lab CLIA-certified to perform high-complexity tests, according to the FDA.

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