Late Breaking Lab News

November 16, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

It appears that the onset of the influenza season in North America is bringing with it a sizeable increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases. In the second week of November, the United States saw daily new cases push towards 200,000—which is more than double the mid-July peak of about 70,00…

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October 26, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In Houston, an 18-year-old high school student started a mobile laboratory company to provide COVID-19 tests to home-bound patients. As the youngest emergency medical technician in Texas, Taft Foley, III, saw the need for this service. Texas Mobile Medical Labs is the name of his company a…

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October 5, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Guess who will be partnering with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to support its wider use of digital pathology? It’s Google! Last month, it was announced that the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the Department of Defense (DoD) had selected Google …

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September 14, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Alphabet, Inc., the parent of Google, is expanding its COVID-19 testing activities. In recent months, Verily Life Sciences—a division of Alphabet devoted to research into life sciences—organized a clinical laboratory for COVID-19 testing. It obtained CLIA certification and is licensed wit…

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August 24, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Currently at least 15 veterinary laboratories in the United States perform COVID-19 tests. This fact was confirmed by Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during an interview last month conducted by CNN. Officials at HHS confi…

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July 13, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

On July 9, eight national laboratory associations sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence to request that the White House Coronavirus Task Force take action to resolve major obstacles that constrain the ability of their member laboratories to perform molecular and serological tests for C…

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June 22, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

As they scramble to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal officials in multiple agencies are purchasing equipment and supplies from vendors with dubious credentials and little operating history. In recent days, Pro-Publica reported “a fledgling Texas company was paid $7.3 mil…

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June 1, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Daily, national news headlines call attention to the lack of adequate testing for COVID-19. News reporters question why clinical labs are unable to meet the demand for SARS-CoV-2 tests. One major reason is the lack of adequate supplies labs need to collect specimens, transport them, and per…

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MAY 11, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Clinical laboratories in other countries have similar challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United Kingdom, the Independent reported last week that “Widespread testing for coronavirus has been suspended among staff and patients at hospitals and GP practices ser…

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APRIL 20, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Not only did the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States show how unprepared the nation was for an event like this, but it exposed numerous problems and weaknesses in the federal agencies tasked with protecting the health and safety of the American public. One high-profile failure hap…

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