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Rapid COVID Tests: A Cure for Lockdowns, A Complement to Vaccines

2020/12/10 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Gloved hands and vials

Last winter, the regulatory system at the FDA, the CDC and CMS delayed the ability of the United States to rapidly develop and deploy COVID-19 testing. These regulatory failures contributed to the rapid spread of COVID and led to lockdowns, and a wave of infections. This time around, the agencies could (and should) enable us to get ahead of the virus by approving rapid self-testing kits for COVID-19. The FDA has taken steps in this direction, but barriers remain. For example, a cheap rapid test requires a laboratory certificate, even though it can be performed anywhere with no lab equipment.

With the virus rapidly getting worse, action is critical. What steps are needed to cut red tape and put reliable information in the hands of the American people? Why is this step critical, and how will it work alongside a vaccine? Join us for an eye-opening conversation about the need to unleash the power of a test that can save lives.

Hosted by the Heritage Foundation and featuring Michael Mina. Learn more about the event and register here.