Coronavirus tests were delayed by contamination at CDC lab, report says
A delay by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in quickly making coronavirus test kits available was the result of 'a glaring scientific breakdown' at the CDC's central lab, The Washington Post reported.
4:44 PM EDT@_DanManganKey PointsA delay by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in quickly making coronavirus test kits available was the result of "a glaring scientific breakdown" at the CDA central lab, The Washington Post reported.
The Post reported that CDC facilities that assembled the testing kits "violated sound manufacturing practices, resulting in contamination of one of the three test components used in the highly sensitive detection process."James Le Duc, a virologist and former CDC officer who now heads the Galveston National Laboratory in Texas, told The Post that the situation was "really a terrible black mark on the CDC, and the impact was devastating to the country."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Tami Chappell | ReutersA delay by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in quickly making coronavirus test kits available was the result of "a glaring scientific breakdown" at the CDC's central lab, headtopics.com
The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing scientists and federal regulators.The Post reported that CDC facilities which assembled the testing kits "violated sound manufacturing practices, resulting in contamination of one of the three test components used in the highly sensitive detection process."
And while the part of the test that was compromised was not critical to detecting the coronavirus, CDC officials took more than a month to remove it from the test kits, according to The Post.That lag in action aggravated national delays in testing for the virus, and in turn hampered a battle to contain the virus's spread, the newspaper said.
James Le Duc, a virologist and former CDC officer who now heads the Galveston National Laboratory in Texas, told The Post that the situation was "really a terrible black mark on the CDC, and the impact was devastating to the country." Read more: CNBC »
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This is not new news? That was a month and a half ago. Where are the 21 million test kits promised? Current administration is super smart. Test results delay and make case numbers look less and this is kinda spur to reopen the economy by saying 'Hey, look, cases are decreasing, let's open the economy'. Smart, very smart move
Yup. Trump administration can't do anything right. 🙄 Donald Trump personally contaminated the tests. He should have relied on the career scientists at the CDC to execute their duties. 🤷🏻♂️ FollowtheExperts And we call the CDC “experts” It appears fast food chains have better sanitation practices then the CDC — very sad & pathetic ... so who is getting fired for failing? Nobody - they still cash taxpayer checks!
Which companies kits were these? Coronavirus tests were contaminated with Coronavirus ?
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