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Roche Receives U.S. Emergency Approval for Coronavirus vs. Flu take a look at

A photo with the logo of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche in Basel.

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Drug maker Roche said Friday it has received emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a test that can quickly determine whether a patient has SARS-CoV-2 or one of two forms of influenza Has

"With the flu season approaching, this new test is particularly important as SARS-CoV-2 and influenza infections can hardly be distinguished by symptoms alone. With a single test, healthcare professionals can now confidently make the correct diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan for their patients Patients, "said Thomas Schinecker, head of Roche diagnostics, in a statement.

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