Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets US green light


WASHINGTON (AP) — A home test for COVID-19 will soon be on U.S. store shelves.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday cleared the first kit that consumers can buy without a prescription to test themselves entirely at home.

Regulators granted use for a similar home test last month, but it requires a doctor’s prescription.

The test kit from an Australian company allows users to swab themselves and get the results at home in about 20 minutes.

The test connects to a digital app to help users interpret the results.

The company says it will have 3 million tests available next month.


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