- Amazon obtained FDA approval for a COVID-19 take a look at, which is made by its subsidiary STS Lab Holdco.
- The take a look at will be performed with or with out supervision from a healthcare skilled.
- The corporate plans to make use of the take a look at to spice up its COVID-19 preparedness and response program.
Amazon has obtained approval from the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) for a COVID-19 take a look at, developed by its subsidiary STS Lab Holdco, based on an FDA submitting.
People will have the ability to perform the nasal-swab take a look at alone at house or with assist from knowledgeable.
The corporate plans to make use of the take a look at amongst its workers as a part of its effort to bolster its COVID-19 preparedness and response program, based on a distinct FDA doc.
Amazon employees could also be timetabled for an onsite take a look at or have the choice to obtain an at-home equipment to conduct the take a look at at house, the doc states.
The authorization additionally mentions Amazon’s worker screening program, by which some employees might be routinely scheduled for a take a look at roughly each 14 days, upon worker discretion. Beforehand, employees may solely signal as much as get examined via an inside system.
The letter of approval is addressed to Cem Sibay, the vice chairman of Amazon Labs. Final yr, Amazon tapped Cem Sibay, a 15-year firm veteran, to guide its efforts to construct an in-house COVID-19 testing lab, Insider beforehand reported.
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Over the previous yr, Amazon has ramped up its COVID-19 testing capabilities for its workforce. Final January, the corporate introduced it was promoting an FDA-approved at-home saliva COVID-19 take a look at for $110, curated by DxTerity, a genomics firm. All workers need to do is present a small quantity of saliva in an empty tube bottle, after which mail it to a Los Angeles-based lab.
Figures present the US has 30.eight million COVID-19 instances. This implies assessments are in nice demand. Final October, Amazon reported that almost 20,00zero workers contracted the virus between March 1 and September 19.