DETROIT EMERGES FIRST TO DEPLOY ABBOTT LABS’ 5-MINUTES COVID-19 TEST MACHINE
Report from Detroit’s Mayor ‘Mike Duggan’ proves Detroit emerges the first city to deploy Abbott Labs’ five-minute COVID-19 test, which was made public today on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s show. However, the mayor made it clear that the test will be available for first responders who are under self-isolation but are yet to test positive for the virus, he claim is the primary goal.
Meanwhile, Detroit mayor couldn’t have gone outside the traditional process to acquire such a machine, but as a result of the significant number of COVID-19 related cases in Detroit.
At the moment, the city of Detroit has been hit hard by the novel coronavirus. Based on statistics, it’s understood the counties within Detroit accounts for 81% of Michigan’s 7,615 COVID-19 cases. More so, according to reports more than 20% of the 2,500-able police force has been quarantined with suspected cases of coronavirus.
To ascertain why Detroit emerged first, it was figured out the system from Abbott received an emergency clearance for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Speaking of the test system, it’s simply described as a lab-a-in-box that is roughly the size of a small kitchen appliance. Its portability and efficiency based on the pace test could be done meant it could be deployed more quickly than other methods.
Responding to this development, the mayor said: “The city of Detroit received the Abbott Labs test today, April 1. They will be available for use within the next 24 hours”.
Abbott Lab which received express authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 18 is hopeful it will be able to produce 5 million tests in April, which will consist of the new rapid tests and traditional lab tests. Meanwhile, prior to the company’s response, The Washington Post has it that Mayor ‘Mike Duggan’ secured the cellphone number of Miles White, the chairman and outgoing CEO of Abbott Labs, who was woken up Sunday morning to beg for the test, the call eventually netted the city five machine and 5,000 tests.
The company in its today’s briefing tweeted that it is making the system available this week in an urgent care setting in the United States where the company already has instrumentation. Also to note before the recent development is the significant impact already made in the U.S. by Abbott Lab which claims its product is “widely available” across doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, urgent care clinics coupled with other medical facilities.
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