*** Re: serology blood tests questions addressed to Dr. Deborah L. Birx (Excerpt from WH press briefing on Covid-19 virus, March 23, 2020):
Q: And, Dr. Birx, a question about the serology blood tests, which some people said hold some real promise here. When will those be FDA approved and when would they be widely available?
DR. BIRX: So that’s what she was just asking about. So these IgG and IgM — both point of care — I can tell you it would be no problem making ELISA today. But then you’re drawing blood, you’re processing blood, you’re running plates; that’s what we did in the past. We really want a finger-prick-type assay where you can just put a fingerprint on and get your IgG and IgM. So that’s what we’re working on right now.
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