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US grants $302 million contract to Brisbane bio-tech firm Ellume to produce at-home COVID tests – ABC News

The United States Department of Defense awards a contract worth $302 million to Brisbane-based biotech firm Ellume to ramp up production of its COVID-19 home test…

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The United States Department of Defense has awarded a contract worth $US230 million ($302 million) to Brisbane-based biotech firm Ellume to ramp up production of its COVID-19 home test kits.
Key points:

  • The at-home tests are designed to detect fragments of the virus from a nasal swab
  • It can be performed in 15 minutes with results reported via a smartphone app
  • The test will be purchased without a prescription in the US, but not available in Australia

The money will allow increased production of…

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