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This article has been updated with additional information from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

NEW YORK – The US Food and Drug Administration on March 13 granted Thermo Fisher Scientific Emergency Use Authorization for an assay to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. The test can now be used by high-complexity CLIA labs for patient testing.

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As cases of COVID-19 continued to grow this spring and summer in the US, so too did the number of Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA for clinical diagnostic tests aimed at detecting current and past infections.