MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The United States’ first coronavirus tests were ineffective due to poor laboratory practices at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
The CDC’s own manufacturing standards were violated by two of the agency’s three labs in Atlanta that created the coronavirus test kits. As a result, the CDC sent ineffective tests to nearly all of the 100 state and local public health labs, according to the FDA, The New York Times reported.
A major problem was that researchers entered and left coronavirus laboratories without changing their coats, officials said.
That resulted in contamination of tests sent to public health labs, making them unusable, The Times reported.
“CDC did not manufacture its test consistent with its own protocol,” FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo said in a statement.
As a result of the manufacturing problems with the tests, the CDC had to delay the launch of a nationwide coronavirus detection program for a month, and the United States lost ground in its fight against the coronavirus, The Times reported.
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