Out of the Way, FDA

A worker at Prism Pathology prepares samples before testing for the coronavirus in Dallas, Texas, June 24, 2020. (Cooper Neill/Reuters)
To beat the coronavirus, regulators must stop blocking medical technology

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the course of my scientific activities, I have met a lot of interesting people. One of the most outstanding is the very eminent biologist Steve Benner. I know Benner because of his involvement in the space program, but he is also the founder and president of Firebird Diagnostics, a company that has developed and marketed rapid-turnaround tests for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses, giving results in 15 or 20 minutes. He has now developed one for Covid-19.

Benner’s coronavirus test is currently being used in India, a country that, despite having four times America’s population and much more unfavorable living conditions,

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