One of our jackals Thanks to BeautifulPlumage who sent this to me just now. I only have her name and not her nym, so I can’t credit the tip just yet.
Here’s the link to the Andy Slavitt thread.
Saliva-based coronavirus test funded by NBA, NBPA gets emergency authorization from FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization on Saturday allowing public use of a saliva-based test for the coronavirus developed at Yale University and funded by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.
The test, known as SalivaDirect, is designed for widespread public screening. The cost per sample could be as low as about $4, though the cost to consumers will likely be higher than that — perhaps around $15 or $20 in some cases, according to expert sources.
Yale administered the saliva test to a group that included NBA players and staff in the lead-up to the league’s return to play and compared results to the nasal swab tests the same group took. The results almost universally matched, according to published research that has not yet been peer-reviewed.
So is this a Big Joe Biden deal?
I do know that the University of Illinois developed their own saliva test, which is being used by students, faculty and staff this fall. So there may be quite a bit happening on this front.
Update: Another article, from The Atlantic. The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back: How to test every American for COVID-19 every day.
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