USA – What Went Wrong With COVID-19 Testing? FDA Points to Slow Deployment of Commercial Tests

As hospitals as well as state and commercial labs have now ramped up their testing for the novel coronavirus to almost 100,000 tests per day, many observers, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are looking back at the last two months wondering what took so long to get to this point.

front-page article in Sunday’s New York Times explained how the virus spread for weeks without any testing, with experts pointing to early problems with the CDC’s first coronavirus test and a slow emergency use authorization (EUA) process within FDA as some of the reasons for the delay…