Abbot Laboratories, a US-based lab has unveiled a portable test that can tell if someone has COVID-19 within five minutes, it said in a statement.
Abbot Laboratories said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorisation to begin making the test available to healthcare providers as early as next week.
“The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus,” said Abbot President and chief operating officer Robert Ford.
The test’s small size means it can be deployed outside the “traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots,” Ford added, and Abbott is working with the FDA to send it to virus epicentres.
The Rapid test which uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes, the company.
FDA clearance or approval is yet to be obtained for the test however authorization has been obtained for emergency use by approved labs and healthcare providers, the company said.
The laboratory said it plans to immediately distribute around 150,000 tests to customers in the United States and will continue to ramp up production to hit a goal of providing up to 1 million tests per week.