The company was recently selected as a test supplier to support the U.S. federal government’s efforts to ship tests directly to households. Siemens Healthineers committed to making tens of millions of tests available for the federal government over the next two months.
Additionally, Siemens Healthineers is supplying millions more tests for state government programs and to nonprofit organizations. Siemens Healthineers also is supplying the antigen tests to healthcare institutions across the country.
“Siemens Healthineers is bringing millions of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests to the United States to make them available to the American people at a time when the tests are desperately needed,” says Jennifer Zinn, executive VP and head of Diagnostics, North America, Siemens Healthineers. “Since receiving Emergency Use Authorization for the CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test in December, we’ve worked tirelessly to leverage every pathway to bring the tests to the public as quickly as possible. This is in addition to the tremendous efforts we’ve successfully undertaken to make these tests widely available in Europe.”
The CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test uses a nasal swab to provide accurate COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes and comes in a five-test-per-box configuration. The test is approved for unsupervised self-testing by individuals ages 14 and older, and adult-collected samples from individuals ages 2-13, with or without symptoms.
“As Americans struggle to access COVID-19 tests amidst the latest surge, we were eager to step in to help workers and students be safe,” says Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers. “Working with Siemens Healthineers we are helping educators and school staff, as well as nurses and others we represent, get the supplies they need to keep themselves, their families, and their students safe. Rapid tests provide the peace of mind necessary for our nation’s schools to remain safely in person—where students do best—without risking the spread of COVID. Pandemic safety remains a community-wide effort, and with this critical inventory and partnership from Siemens Healthineers, we can help get more tests into the hands of people who need them most.”
Featured image: The Siemens Healthineers CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test recently received FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Siemens Healthineers is committed to bringing tens of millions of tests to US customers through government programs, direct purchase in stores and online. Photo: Scott Dalton