SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WWTI/WSYR-TV) — SUNY Upstate’s COVID-19 saliva swab test has officially received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras announced on September 23 that the individual swab COVID-19 test has been granted emergency use. The test, developed by SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences, has already been used to conduct widespread student testing across SUNY campuses.
The emergency authorization from the FDA will help labs across New York State get access to the test. The FDA-authorized saliva test for individuals complements pool testing, which allows about 10 to 25 people to be screened in one COVID-19 test.
FDA approval will allow the saliva swab test to be brought to scale across New York State, as well as used nationwide.
Governor Cuomo highlighted the importance of testing in New York and the innovation at SUNY.
“From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been clear that testing is one of the most critical tools we have to slow the spread. The more you test, the more accurate a picture of the state’s cases you have,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is a perfect example of how New York’s approach of partnering state institutions with the private sector is paying dividends and helping us fight the pandemic.”
Additionally, SUNY Chancellor Malatras noted the importance of the recent FDA approval.
“FDA approval of this game-changing COVID-19 test demonstrates the ingenuity of the State University of New York to solve pressing issues,” stated Malatras. “With this approval the innovation developed by Upstate Medical and Quadrant Biosciences will be leveraged on a national scale. This quick, noninvasive testing protocol—which has already boosted SUNY’s testing capacity to 120,000 tests per week—will now help communities across the country better pinpoint and contain COVID-19.”
In August, the New York State Department of Health granted approval for the test to be used by SUNY Upstate for surveillance testing purposes in the SUNY student body.
Dr. Middleton from SUNY Upstate discusses what the FDA approval means for SUNY Upstate’s COVID-19 saliva swab test:
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