COVID-19 Test

Kimberly Redmond | |

Over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 tests will soon hit the shelves at three national pharmacy chains, expanding access to home testing as the US ramps up its vaccine rollout.

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) announced Monday that it began shipping its BinaxNOW self-test to CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Walmart stores across the country. The test will also be available through the chains' websites.

Kimberly Redmond | |

SEMIC RF Electronic GmbH, a Taufkirchen, Germany-based company, has developed a new method for COVID-19 testing: an eye scanning app that it claims takes just three minutes to identify carriers of the virus with over 95% accuracy.

The app, called SEMIC EyeScan, uses a photo of the eye taken with a smartphone to identify the virus by spotting conjunctivitis (pink eye), a symptom of SARS-CoV-2, the virus strain that causes COVID-19.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday it would begin sailing outside the United States from the Caribbean and Greek Isles in July, restarting trips after a year-long hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company had appealed to federal health authorities on Monday to allow sailing from U.S. ports following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest guidance to the industry, including the need for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations for three COVID-19 screening tests.

Two of these authorizations — granted to Quidel Corp (Nasdaq: QDEL) and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) — cover over-the-counter versions of a screening test, while a third — granted to Becton, Dickinson and Co (NYSE: BDX) — covers a prescription test.