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Trump knew testing Covid-19 vaccines would take months, Woodward book shows

Trump also suggests that’s why he initially pushed so hard for the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, because the malaria drug had already been tested and approved for other uses. “Well, we’re doing great on vaccines,” Woodward quotes Trump as saying in his latest book, “Rage.” “The problem with a vaccine is a vaccine… Read More »

HIV self-testing increases uptake of HIV testing, but with poorer linkage to care

A study has concluded that HIV self-testing is safe, increases testing uptake and increases the yield of HIV positive results among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. Among female sex workers, results are more mixed. While HIV self-testing improves testing uptake, it does not increase the yield of positive results and… Read More »

Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

Will the New 15-Minute COVID-19 Test Solve Us Testing Problems?

— By Zoë McLaren, University of Maryland, Baltimore County On Aug. 26, the Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization to a new rapid antigen test for COVID-19 called the BinaxNOW test. I study public health policy to combat infectious disease epidemics. Testing is one of the most powerful tools available to fight the… Read More »

Coronavirus testing: Simple test gives results in 90 minutes

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists. The study by Imperial College London showed the “lab-on-a-chip” gave comparable results to current tests. The device is already being used in eight NHS hospitals to quickly identify patients who are carrying the virus. However, experts… Read More »