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United States approves coronavirus test in race to boost screening capacity

Reuters Friday, 13 March 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for a coronavirus test made by Swiss diagnostics maker Roche , a move aimed at boosting screening capacity to help contain the growing epidemic.
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