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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup October 8, 2020

For Immediate Release:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Today, the FDA updated the dashboard on the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP) webpage. As of September 30, 2020, 550+ drug development programs were in planning stages, 350+ trials were reviewed by FDA and 5 COVID-19 treatments were currently authorized for emergency use.
  • Testing updates:
    • 274 tests are authorized by FDA under EUAs; these include 216 molecular tests, 53 antibody tests, and 5 antigen tests.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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