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NIH Addresses COVID-19 Challenges - Launches RADx Initiative

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The National Institutes of Health to Address Challenges Posed by COVID-19

Launches National Call for Ideas on Testing Approaches and Strategies

Before the nation can safely return to business as usual, it is essential to develop and deliver effective and reliable COVID-19 testing and then implement it widely so that it is available to everyone. NIH is rising to this challenge through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative — a national call for scientists and organizations to advance their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies.

RADx is creating programs that will make it possible to rapidly scale-up testing across the country and enhance access to those most in need. While diagnostic testing has long been a mainstay of public health, newer technologies offer patient- and user-friendly designs that work with cellphones, for example, to lower cost and increase accessibility both at home and at the point of care.

Learn more about the Initiative, funding opportunities and register for upcoming events here

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