White House coronavirus task force leader Deborah Birx speaks at a briefing Monday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Contradicting the Food and Drug Administration's recently updated guidance, the White House said coronavirus tests that consumers would do at home will be available this week.
- Officials didn't reveal which companies' tests would be used.
- "There was a breakthrough today, and I think we'll see that from the FDA, for all of those who are waiting for self-swabbing options, those are going to be available sometime this week," White House coronavirus task force leader Deborah Birx said in a briefing on Monday night.
- On Saturday, the FDA had explicitly barred companies from offering mail-order self-swabbing kits for processing in commercial labs, increasing the scope of a previous directive that only blocked in-home tests. As a result, a series of biotech startups were forced to abandon their COVID-19 product plans. Some of these companies, including Carbon Health, Everlywell and Nurx, had sold or were on the verge of selling their at-cost kits.