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The US Food and Drug Administration has taken additional steps to ensure mutations of the COVID-19 virus do not negatively impact the efficacy of tests.
Medtech industry group AdvaMed has developed a registry to share data on how many COVID-19 diagnostic tests are available and where they are, with a goal of foreseeing and nipping in the bud potential test shortages. Thirteen diagnostic manufacturers – including Abbott, Roche, Siemens and Thermo Fisher Scientific – have partnered with AdvaMed on the initiative.
The US government is helping Sonica develop ADAM, a patch monitor that tracks the user's breathing patterns and other physiologic signals to detect SARS-CoV-2 infections.
Test kit and lab firms spent tens of thousands of dollars in the first quarter of 2020 lobbying legislators to win provisions in coronavirus protection laws to ensure COVID-19 diagnostics would be a top US legislative priority.