An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Enable Widespread Rapid Antigen Testing

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America needs your support for widespread, frequent use of rapid antigen tests to break transmission chains and quickly stop the spread of COVID-19. A relatively modest investment could enable immediate production and distribution of inexpensive paper-strip tests. Millions of Americans could use them to learn if they are contagious so they could isolate themselves to avoid spreading the virus. - Rapid antigen tests are “contagiousness tests” and are just as effective as PCR tests at detecting contagious people. - Even with only partial compliance, widespread rapid testing (in conjunction with masks and physical distancing) could save untold lives and yield massive economic benefits. Please support the following: - Appropriate $500 million - $1 billion to jump-start manufacturing capacity for rapid antigen tests and $5 billion - $10 billion for nationwide rapid antigen testing for one year. - Create a public health authorization path for rapid antigen tests. The FDA is currently trying to push rapid antigen tests through a medical diagnostic authorization pathway. By pushing public health tools through a medical diagnostic authorization process, the FDA is slowing the authorization of needed public health tools. Please visit for more information -- thank you!

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