Mar 16 2020

Wilson Times

Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for Sen. Thom Tillis, said the Republican senator worked “behind the scenes”to urge the Food and Drug administration to more forward quickly with the process so UNC Health could start coronavirus testing as soon as possible.

According to Keylin, UNC Health announced Monday that UNC Medical Center and the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill have developed a COVID-19 diagnostic test that was based on the World Health Organization assay.

“It is now in use to conduct coronavirus testing for UNC Health patients in accordance with FDA guidance for individuals who meet criteria set by the CDC,” Keylin said. “The use of UNC Health’s test by entities across the state will increase testing capacity at the state health department and LabCorp in North Carolina.”

“I applaud UNC Health for once again showing that North Carolina is the tip of the spear when it comes to biomedical innovation, developing one of the fastest coronavirus test protocols while conserving reagent, which remains in critically short supply,” Tillis said in a statement. “This is a major accomplishment for UNC, Dr. Miller and the team, and a breakthrough that will help address the testing capability shortage in North Carolina. I applaud the FDA for considering our requests to expedite allowance to make innovative diagnostics available to the public without further delay.”

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