Federal officials allowed distribution of COVID-19 antibody tests after they knew many were flawed

Congress is investigating why the FDA didn’t regulate the antibody tests flooding the market during the pandemic. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday.

Federal officials failed to immediately stop the distribution of many COVID-19 antibody tests they knew were flawed, leading to inaccurate data about the spread of the virus. Congress is now investigating why the FDA did not review the tests it allowed to be distributed widely throughout the U.S. Sharyn Alfonsi’s three-month investigation into the faulty tests will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, June 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

It took almost three months before the FDA started pulling tests off the market, but by then, many American municipalities had already used the tests to determine whether they could send essential workers like EMTs, policemen and firemen back to work. One of the more than 40 tests removed by the FDA was the one Dr. Gonzalez prevented from being used in Laredo.  Suppose he hadn’t tested them? “We wouldn’t have a true indicator of the level of infection. The public deserves for us to give them something that’s valid,” he tells Alfonsi.

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