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Abbott Tests to Detect Covid-19 Aren’t Being Run, Birx Says

Deborah Birx on April 8.
Deborah Birx on April 8.Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Polaris/Bloomberg
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An Abbott Laboratories machine that can process large numbers of coronavirus tests have run only a tiny fraction of the million it could have, said a top U.S. health official, as the machines have yet to get up to their full capacity.

Abbott’s machines, a model called the m2000, should have been capable of running about a million Covid-19 tests in the last three weeks, Deborah Birx, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said at a briefing in Washington Wednesday night. But they have run less than 10% of that amount.