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White House confident in virus test despite false negatives

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the White House still has confidence in a rapid COVID-19 test it has been using despite new data suggesting the test may return false negatives.

The head of the Food and Drug Administration says his agency has provided new guidance to the White House after data suggested that the Abbott test used by President Donald Trump and others at the White House every day may provide inaccuracies and false negatives.

Azar commented Friday after the FDA said it was investigating preliminary data suggesting the 15-minute test can miss COVID-19 cases, falsely clearing infected patients.

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