But instead of taking that on, the White House task force is abandoning ship. 1/
After all, you get their cholesterol tested once/year, you don’t need it the same day & you value precision & safety. 3/
And IF the money comes w strings. Anyone who takes $1 of taxpayer money for COVID testing must be required to open source their technology & components.5/
This thing needs to be turned on it’s head. Here’s how... 7/
Today you need a Rx & a nurse present. Waive those requirements. Labs will instantly double capacity.
Drive-through & home testing should be dominant. But also airports, offices, restaurants, grocery store, nursing homes, prisons & public housing. 8/
Until recently we used bespoke swabs from Italy & Maine. Unnecessary.
FDA approves ordinary sanitized q-tips like swabs. They can be open sourced & sanitized. Use the DPA to produce 1 billion swabs in factories across the US. Saliva tests too. 9/
Tests are currently sent by mail, processed and then sent back. Almost entirely by paper ordering.
Barcode every test so we can bring drop off points. Have lab download results to your phone as soon as it’s processed. 24 hr turnaround or fee cut in 1/2. 10/
The FDA has granted emergency use to many tests.
Their accuracy rates must be posted publicly. 24 hour tests should be 90%+ accurate. Results should carry a QR code & date stamp so you can use for entry.
There are also more limited 5 minute tests. 11/
We can expand the number of labs to add 1 million new tests/day by converting academic labs. Require only a CLIA certified lab director to get a waiver.15/
Recipes for reagents should be open source so any lab can make them. And cartridges should be mass produced by any manufacturer using DPA. 16/
A national supply chain clearinghouse with all supplies & shortages can allocate supplies. Accuracy, scale & speed should determine who gets priority. 17/
Leaders are jumping ship when there is much to do. /end