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Fluidigm Rallies On Government Purchase Of COVID-19 Saliva Test

Fluidigm Rallies On Government Purchase Of COVID-19 Saliva Test

Shares of Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM) were surging Monday following a decision by the Trump administration to use the company's saliva test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

What Happened: As part of a federal surge testing effort for COVID-19, the saliva test made by Fluidigm will be used beginning Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.

The test, the Advanta Dx SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Assay, is an extraction-free, saliva-based test to detect nucleic acid from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is designed to run on Fluidigm's Biomark HD microfluidics platform.

The test was accorded emergency use authorization by the FDA in late August.

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Why It's Important: Since the test is extraction-free and requires collection of saliva by spitting into a sterile container, it is easy to administer.

"Saliva tests are easy to perform, and many people may find them more comfortable than nasal swab tests," said Adm. Brett Giroir, HHS assistant secretary for health.

The accuracy of the test is comparable to other molecular-level tests of nasal swab samples, according to Fluidigm's clinical studies. 

Federal adoption of the test should bode well for Fluidigm, likely propping up its topline.

What's Next: Waco, Texas is the first community to offer saliva testing starting Oct. 16, with local officials offering the test at three sites through mid-November.

HHS has shipped 10,000 Fluidigm saliva tests to select Waco, Texas sites. 

FLDM Price Action: At last check, Fluidigm shares were gaining 5.19% to $7.10.

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