Epidemiologist, Immunologist, Physician, Harvard Public Health/Medical School. Discuss vaccines, immunity, infectious diseases, public health, and tests
Rapid Antigen "Paper Strip" Tests get over-the-counter use from @US_FDA!
• NO prescription or doctor needed
• NO CLIA waiver
Simple, streamlined rapid tests will be available in US
This is what we’ve needed for so long and that we finally have them is a direct result of Dr. Mina’s relentless scientific work delineating their value and his unmatched advocacy twitter.com/michaelmina_la…
The paper strip at home tests @michaelmina_lab has been advocating for many months are finally here. It's not clear what the cost will be from press release. I really hope it will be affordable ($1-5) soon. twitter.com/michaelmina_la…
@DiseaseEcology Won't be that cheap unfortunately. I suspect it'll be something around $20 for two tests. And they'll be in short supply since spreading across at-home and congregate settings. But this is a big leap forward and market forces can push the prices down once more companies get EUA
So this is a BFD. @US_FDA has (finally!) approved some cheap, rapid, at-home COVID tests, to be sold over the counter with no prescription.
And CDC announced a huge rapid testing pilot program.
Hope @michaelmina_lab is pouring the nice whiskey tonight.
@DrEricDing @ezraklein @US_FDA haha... yes
Between @NIHDirector & @CDCgov announcement of mass rapid testing program, @US_FDA authorizations, @CDCgov guidance on rapid Ag tests for screening and @POTUS inclusion of $10B for test programs... finally we are seeing major non-vaccine advances to tackle a virus.
@michaelmina_lab @ezraklein @US_FDA @NIHDirector @CDCgov @POTUS The arc of the moral & science-proven universe is long, but it does bend to justice and facts.
Now we just need to deploy the rapid tests serially... and make sure nobody uses them the wrong way to form bubbles.
Dr. Angela Rasmussen
Thu Apr 01
When building a house, you don’t just use only a hammer or a saw. You can’t use a saw to hammer a nail, just like you can’t use vaccines to provide real-time info on infection status.
That’s why I’m very glad we can add affordable, fast DIY tests to our pandemic toolbox. twitter.com/ezraklein/stat…
Epidemiologist & Health Economist. Health Policy & Justice. Senior Fellow, FAS. Former 16 yrs @Harvard. @JohnsHopkins & @HarvardEPI alum. COVID updates Jan’20-
OMG AMAZING—the FDA has finally authorized cheap rapid antigen #COVID19 tests to be sold without a prescription over-the-counter!!! Only 12 months after pandemic started, but hey—Biden FDA follows the science!
Congrats to my Twitter hero @michaelmina_lab! fda.gov/news-events/pr…pic.twitter.com/o477KXGdrH
@michaelmina_lab @DrEricDing we are about to embark on a massive self-testing programme in Greece starting likely next week with rapid antigen test distribution to all Greek citizens through the pharmacies (@lieblink @USAmbPyatt hopefully American residents can access these). Wonderful leadership Michael
I am proud that the science and efforts are prevailing. It's been nice to hear from numerous officials in past few days that my efforts have been instrumental on the various recent advances. Good to know that a year of research and communicating research can be heard.
@DrEricDing and to be clear - not just my efforts. These efforts were from SO MANY PEOPLE, particularly the @RapidTests group and many researchers and scientists - including our own @CDCDirector who published a terrific paper on importance of frequent testing.