Good news! It was announced by the World Health Organization last night that 120M COVID-19 rapid tests will be rolled out globally for over a period of 6 months.
The results of the tests come out in 15-30 minutes rather than hours or days and can benefit countries who are under-resourced of lab facilities or trained medical workers to implement PCR tests. They also come with an affordable price tag, $5 (BHD 2) per test and are easier to administer.
The tests to be given to low and mid-income countries to meet the huge need for testing worldwide
The quicker #COVID19 can be diagnosed, the quicker action can be taken to treat & isolate those with the virus & trace their contacts. The tests are a critical tool for governments as they look to reopen economies & ultimately save both lives & livelihoods https://t.co/awnLTGlxmr— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 28, 2020