HealthDay News – The US government has awarded a $231 million contract for production of a recently approved over-the-counter COVID-19 home test kit.

With the product from Australian company Ellume, users can swab themselves at home and check their status in about 20 minutes. It is 1 of only 3 consumer self-use tests and the only one available without a doctor’s prescription, the Associated Press reported.

Ellume said it would use the contract to build a US manufacturing plant and deliver 8.5 million tests for federal use, but the company did not give a delivery timeframe.

Health experts have long emphasized the need for fast, widespread home testing, but the vast majority of tests still require a nasal swab to be taken by a health worker and sent to a lab for processing, the AP reported.

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