Coronavirus Testing Machines Are Latest Bottleneck In Troubled Supply Chain

Source: NPR

Coronavirus testing in the U.S. has run into a number of snags, from a lack of nasal swabs to not enough chemicals needed to run the tests. Now there’s a new bottleneck emerging: A shortage of the machines that process the tests and give results, according to an NPR report.

Civilian labs and the Pentagon say they’ve had trouble getting the sophisticated, automated machines that can run hundreds of diagnostic tests at once. Three machine manufacturers — Hologic Inc., Roche and Abbott Laboratories — have confirmed to NPR that demand is outstripping supply.

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