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Navigating the Wild West of COVID-19 antibody tests

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April 10, 2020 11:45 PM UTC
Updated on Apr 11, 2020 at 1:38 AM UTC

The expectation that widespread COVID-19 antibody testing will be a cornerstone for reopening society has prompted a speedy, hands-off regulatory approach. But reports of poor performance by marketed tests suggest moving too quickly could result in individual and public health decisions that are based on unreliable results.

Dodging that bullet will require centralized resources, including broad access to the large numbers of patient samples needed to stringently validate the assays...