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Amazon Care to provide delivery and pick-up of at-home COVID-19 test sample kits in Seattle trial

Amazon goes to be working with a brand new analysis initiative backed partly by the Gates Foundation that can distribute at-home coronavirus evaluation kits, after which ship the collected samples to FDA-approved check amenities. Amazon Care, the well being arm shaped by Amazon initially for inner worker care, shall be dealing with the supply of the kits, in addition to transportation of collected samples to the check labs, as first reported by CNBC.
While the FDA up to date its steering only a few days in the past to particularly exclude at-home testing from the Emergency Use Authorization that’s in place to allow broadened non-public lab testing of potential COVID-19 instances, the association with the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) and Amazon Care bypasses use of the standard mail or bundle supply community. The Amazon Care drivers who’re doing the check equipment drop-offs and deliveries are particularly skilled in correct dealing with of delicate medical supplies, and the SCAN challenge is for a restricted analysis endeavor undertaken with a view to assist “perceive how coronavirus is spreading within the Greater Seattle space.”
Availability of kits shall be restricted, however will embrace the sort of swab testing that’s being carried out at drive-through testing amenities within the U.S. Should a pattern check constructive for COVID-19, the one that supplied the pattern to SCAN shall be contacted by a healthcare employee for subsequent steps, together with recommendation on the way to search therapy and stop transmission.
SCAN is the results of a partnership by Seattle & King County’s Public Health division, in addition to a workforce of hospitals and well being organizations that created the Seattle Flu Study, an identical challenge meant to review the unfold of the standard seasonal flu inside the neighborhood. The analysis and information modeling work finished for that research have been tailored to the research of COVID-19, and the flu research has been placed on maintain whereas researchers concentrate on the pandemic as an alternative.

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