COVID-19 home test kit to be pushed in Philippines

The Philippine embassy in Washington will recommend to the government a COVID-19 home test kit developed by digital diagnostics company Ellume, which delivers rapid and accurate results in 15 minutes or less.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said, “You can test on your own in your home, and get the results in 15 minutes… it is about 90 to 95 percent effective and we’re going to recommend that this be used by the government.”

The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the Ellume COVID-19 home test as the first over-the-counter fully diagnostic test for home use.

Ellume announced that its rapid, at-home COVID-19 antigen test has been granted emergency use authorization from the FDA.

The test will be available for non-prescription home use for the detection of active COVID-19 in individuals with or without symptoms, and in adults and children aged two years and above.


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