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NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted BioFire Diagnostics' Respiratory Panel 2.1 Emergency Use Authorization.

The panel, which uses PCR and takes about 45 minutes to run, is designed to detect and differentiate between nucleic acids from SARS-CoV-2 and 20 other viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens — including various influenza A subtypes, respiratory syncytial virus, and Bordetella pertussis — in nasopharyngeal swabs from individuals suspected of having COVID-19.

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A man in India is suing the Serum Institute of India, saying that he suffered serious side effects from a vaccine it is testing, but the institute has rejected those claims, the Economic Times reports.

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