Amazon acquired Meals and Drug Administration authorization for a COVID-19 take a look at made by its subsidiary STS Lab Holdco, and it plans to make use of it for its onsite coronavirus testing packages.
The take a look at is completed utilizing a nasal self swab that may be performed both underneath the supervision of a well being care supplier or as a part of an at-home equipment the place a affected person takes their very own pattern and mails it to a centralized lab.
“Amazon plans to use the Amazon Real-Time RT-PCR Test for Detecting SARS-CoV-2 (Amazon Test) as part of the company’s overall Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) preparedness and response program,” the FDA’s authorization reads.
The authorization additionally describes Amazon’s employee-screening program. Some Amazon staff will likely be robotically given testing appointments round each 14 days. The checks are voluntary. “Amazon has partnered with a third-party healthcare provider who will issue the necessary prescriptions and individual test orders,” the authorization mentioned.
The authorization letter is addressed to Cem Sibay, the vp of Amazon Labs. Final summer time, Amazon tapped Sibay to construct its in-house COVID-19 testing lab, Business Insider reported. In October, the company said it had the infrastructure to run tens of 1000’s of checks for workers every day.
The brand new take a look at is a modification of one other COVID-19 take a look at made by BGI Genomics, which the authorization mentioned Amazon used on the finish of August. The corporate started utilizing the modified model that will change into the Amazon take a look at on August 28th, 2020. Between late September and early December 2020, it ran over 560,000 samples, in response to the authorization.
Amazon began promoting at-home COVID-19 testing kits made by genomics firm DxTerity in January. That take a look at sells for $110. The corporate continues to broaden into well being care: final week, it introduced that it will begin providing its in-house telehealth and at-home well being care program to other companies. Amazon has additionally expressed curiosity in medical testing earlier than. In 2018, the corporate was in talks to purchase diagnostics firm Confer Well being.