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NEW YORK – Abbott announced after the close of the market on Wednesday that its molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 has received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Abbott RealTime SARS-CoV-2 EUA test runs on the company's PCR-based m2000 RealTime System. The company said it would work with health systems and government authorities to distribute additional instruments where needed. Right now, there are more than 175 PCR m2000 instruments in the US, each one able to run up to 470 tests in 24 hours. 

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